• http://getstarted.nexyoo.me/ Nexyoo

    That’s a really interesting question. Just seeing that a product has been FSC-certified is probably not enough, because I think the FSC just deals with forest issues, and not questions about things like the toxic adhesives you mention (correct me if I’m wrong).

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky

      Great point! I think you’re right about FSC certifications. This is definitely something I’m keeping an eye on!

    • http://greenupgrader.com Matt Embrey

      That is great point. I think a lot of us get tunnel vision every once in a while when it come to environmental issues. We hear FSC-certified and think “Environmentally friendly” and we hear Environmentalism and we think global warming, but theres a lot more to it. Thanks for the reminder.

  • http://www.teragren.com John Rhoads

    Hi Becky,
    I work for a bamboo flooring/wood panel company called Teragren (mentioned in the Boston Globe article) and we also sense the same frustration from consumers. It seems there are certifications for just about everything out there so it’s important to really look at what’s behind a certification before relying on it to make a purchase decision.

    To answer your questions on FSC and SCS:

    Nexyoo was right…FSC essentially certifies that the material came from a well managed forest (BTW Teragren just received FSC certification our traditional bamboo products this month).

    Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) is actually a certifying body that has some of there own certifications as well as being a certification body for FSC and other certification organizations and they are all trustworthy.

    If VOCs are an issue, FloorScore certification (done by SCS) assures that a product meets stringent low emission standards. This certification meets the criteria for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED credit for low emitting materials as well as other’s like the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS).

    Since there are so many steps in making a floor or even a shirt out of bamboo, one certification can’t cover it all.

    Companies should always look for ways to help educate their customers but if they care about a particular issue, customers should always do their homework and look at what’s behind a certification.

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky

      Thanks for all of the information! This is very helpful.

  • http://www.Sabineshome.com Sabine Schoenberg

    it would be interesting to get a “green” certification on finished products since much depends on the types of glues used.www.Sabineshome.com