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Sustainability

We are concerned about the sustainability of our woods and we do everything in our power to find environmentally conscious wood sources. We mark each of our veneer choices with a sustainability rating of Green for most sustainable, Yellow for relatively sustainable, and Red for unsustainable (or grey where we have no information yet).

We use two data sources for these ratings: the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and Forest Stewardship Council certifications. We prioritize the IUCN listing, which emphasizes environmental sustainability.

IUCN Red List

The International Union for Conservation of Nature was founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organization. The Red List is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

The Forest Stewardship Council is an international not for-profit, multi-stakeholder organisation established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests.

Independent FSC-accredited Certification Bodies ("certifiers") verify that all FSC-certified forests conform to the requirements contained within an FSC forest management standard.

Certifiers assess forest management using the FSC standards. Certifiers are independent of FSC and the companies they are auditing. This third-party verification is crucial to the integrity of the FSC system.

Our veneers

Veneer Origin IUCN Redlist FSC Certified Our rating
African Mahogany
Khaya spp.
Tropical West, Central & East Africa Vulnerable Certified Unsustainable
Eastern Cherry
Prunus serotina
Eastern & Central North America Not listed Certified Sustainable
Elm
Ulmus procera
Europe Not listed No data Possibly sustainable
Hawaiian Koa
Acacia Koa
Hawaiian Islands Least concern Uncertified Sustainable
Jatoba
Hymenaea courbaril
Central America, Mexico, Guyana, Peru, Brazil, Venezuela Least concern Certified Sustainable
Macassar Ebony
Diospyros celebica
Philippines Vulnerable Uncertified Unsustainable
Maple
Acer saccharum
Northeast US, Great Lakes Region Not listed Certified Sustainable
Maple Birdseye
Acer saccharum
Northeast US, Great Lakes Region of US, Canada Not listed Certified Sustainable
Mappa
Populus nigra
Western Europe Least concern No data Possibly sustainable
Olive Ash
Fraxinus excelsior
Europe, North Africa, Western Asia Not listed No data Possibly sustainable
Padauk
Pterocarpus soyauxii
Central Africa, West Tropical Africa Not listed Certified Sustainable
Pine
Pinus rigida
US, Canada Not listed Certified Sustainable
Purpleheart
Peltogyne spp.
Central America, Tropical South America Not listed Certified Sustainable
Red Gum
Liquidambar styraciflua
Eastern & Southeastern US Least concern Certified Sustainable
Red Oak
Quercus rubra
Eastern US, Southeast Canada Not listed Certified Sustainable
Teak
Tectona grandis
Southeast Asia, India, Burma Not listed Certified Sustainable
Tennessee Red Cedar
Juniperus silicicola
North America Not listed Uncertified Possibly sustainable
Walnut
Juglans nigra
Eastern US, Southern Canada Not listed Certified Sustainable
Wenge
Millettia laurentii
Congo, Gabon, Cameroon Endangered Certified Unsustainable
Zebrawood
Vulnerable Certified Unsustainable

Email us at team@woodcutmaps.com with any questions on the sustainability of Woodcut Maps.