Sustainable Forestry or Responsible Forestry is a term that simply means managing forests today so there will be plenty of healthy, diverse forests in the future. There are approximately 10 million family forest owners in the United States, who account for more than 60% of private forest lands. The Aria® brand believes it is important to take care of and replenish our nation’s forests. That’s why we support the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) and adhere to its Fiber Sourcing Standards.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting forest sustainability. They are a community of land owners, non-profits, and corporations that has developed sourcing standards for responsible forest management in addition to providing education, research, and grants to support their mission. Forests certified to their standard cover 285 million acres.
The SFI Certified Sourcing Label lets you know that the fiber used to make a product comes from a company that is certified to the Fiber Sourcing Standard. It also means that all fiber must be from non-controversial sources. The standards are updated every five years to incorporate the latest scientific information and to respond to emerging issues.
The current Fiber Sourcing Standard comprises 14 principles, 13 Objectives, 21 Performance Measures, and 55 Indicators. These practices not only apply to certified forestlands, but also requires responsible procurement of fiber from 90% of the world’s forests that are not certified. The requirements focus on several key areas:
- Broadening Biodiversity
- Protecting Water Quality
- Training of Harvesting Professionals
- Forestry Research
- Landowner Outreach
- Avoiding Controversial Sources
In addition to working with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, we also conduct our own due diligence, including building relationships with our suppliers and knowing where they source their fiber from; incorporating responsible sourcing expectations into purchase contracts; and evaluating risk levels and public concerns about harvesting practices outside of the United States. These are ways in which we hold ourselves to a higher standard.
Interested in reading the entire SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard? You can visit their website to get all the details.