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SFI Certification Program: What’s It All About

April 22nd, 2013

Followers of our blog would have seen the term SFI or SFI certification being mentioned time and again, especially when we’re featuring our Redwood products. But we’re also pretty sure not all of you understand what this is really all about. So let’s spend some quality time today knowing more about SFI, or to be more specific, the SFI certification program. We guarantee you’re going to find this piece of information very enlightening!

Let’s start with the basics!


SFI stands for “sustainable forestry initiative.” It is actually a program that was launched 1994 as one of the U.S. forest sector’s contributions to the vision of sustainable development established by the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. As the program evolved and became more independent thanks to the support of third-party audits in 1998, it eventually took on a more visible form. SFI, Inc. came into being and per its official website, it’s “an independent, non-profit organization responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving a sustainable forestry certification program that is internationally recognized and is the largest single forest standard in the world.”

Now as far as “SFI certification” is concerned, the same is an offshoot of the entire program and specifically, it extends to the general consumer market. Products that carry the SFI label mean that consumers are actually purchasing wood or paper from certified forests or certified sourcing. This would apply to whether they’re buying reams of paper, packaging, or lumber products. So how does this apply to the products here at WCI?

As we’ve mentioned in more than just a few of our blog posts, especially in our Tech Tuesday episodes, all Redwood products at WCI are SFI-certified. This simply means that we’re harvesting this wood specie in an environmentally sound manner. Note that at present, there are 1.74 million acres of Coastal Redwood (Sequoia Sempervirens) forests on California’s north coast. Around 26% of these forests are being preserved in national, state and municipal parks, national monuments and other administratively withdrawn lands where harvesting is prohibited. Now the majority of this 26% is actually old growth redwoods.

It’s worthy to note that Redwood is a very popular, if not the most popular, wood choice for custom wine cellar projects. The wood’s outstanding features include exceptional durability and resiliency and gorgeous colors and grain patterns to boot. Even as Redwood ages, the wood only becomes more beautiful and increases in quality, like this sample that was left buried for 2,000 years. That’s why there’s such a high demand for this particular wood specie. It’s good to know, nonetheless, that the Redwood specie is very much protected, especially when you buy your products from WCI.

Take time to check out the official SFI website to learn more about this wonderful program. Also, you can start being a part of it by buying your wine racks and other wine cellar furniture and accessories from WCI today. ^_^

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