Around the country, there are some great companies, organizations, and even people within the homebuilding and remodeling industry who are working hard to make sure that eco-friendly and sustainable practices are put in place.

But, perhaps no area of the country does it better than the Midwest.

There is a rich history in this area of the U.S. of using reclaimed wood and other sustainable materials to create gorgeous, midwestern style homes that don’t just look great but are healthy for the environment as well.

Organizations like True North Woods come to mind when you think about sustainable home building and furnishing here in the Midwest.

True North Woods works towards making sure that as many homes in the Midwest are using sustainable wood, whether it’s for paneling and flooring, cabinetry, or other building supplies.

Let’s learn more about how True North Woods is positively impacting the world with their work.

True North Woods Impact on the Home Building Industry

True North Woods is a regional organization that works within the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

True North Woods is a non-profit association and is committed to the following:

  • Facilitating the marketing of our members’ products
  • Stimulating the use of our native northern wood species
  • Fostering awareness of the value of sustainably and well-managed forests
  • Improving the economies of our forest-based communities

About True North Woods Suppliers

True North works with a number of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified suppliers. The FSC is an international non-profit organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests.

The five goals of the FSC are:

  • Advancing globally responsible forest management
  • Ensure equitable access to the benefits of FSC systems
  • Ensure integrity, credibility, and transparency of the FSC system
  • Create business value for products from FSC certified forests
  • Strengthen the global network to deliver on goals 1-4

True North’s suppliers provide everything from custom cabinetry, millwork, furniture, green building products, and — like we do here at Manomin Resawn Timbers — reclaimed wood.

When you buy from a True North supplier, you’ll purchase products sourced from well-managed forests. That’s because True North is committed to maintaining the beauty of American woodlands as well as the storied craftsmanship of woodworking.

We are extremely proud to be a part of this wonderful organization and we highly encourage you to take a look at the list of suppliers who are partners with True North Woods when deciding on your next home build, renovation, or remodel!

In addition to being a source for sustainable suppliers, True North also offers the following:

  • Webinars – The Webinars provide pre-recorded presentations on our True North natural forests, wood species, marketing, FSC certification, and related issues.
  • Product Reviews – The Review lists the main types of True North products available.
  • Wood Species Review – The Review lists the primary True North species that come from our three northern forest types – boreal, central pines, and hardwoods.

Why it Matters

You have likely heard about the recent fires raging in the Amazon Rain Forest. And unfortunately, deforestation efforts like that are not unique, as for many years this has been a problem around the world.

Here are some stats that prove just how big of a problem deforestation is:

  • According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), half of the world’s tropical forests have already been cleared.
  • The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has reported the earth loses 18.7 million acres of forests per year — which is equivalent to 27 soccer field every minute.
  • The World Wildlife Fund also estimates that 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation.

Organizations like True North Woods are doing their part to dry and decrease the amount of harmful wood harvesting that occurs in the world today.

And while you may feel like you can’t do much to prevent it, working with sustainable brands, companies, and organizations can dramatically help reduce our environmental impact.

Looking for a Sustainable Wood Partner? Call Manomin Resawn Timbers Today

If you want to introduce some reclaimed wood to your home, then turn to Manomin Resawn Timbers — the premier reclaimed wood provider in the Midwest and beyond.

If you need some convincing on why reclaimed wood is the best, here are some of the benefits of using this type of wood in your home.

Benefits of reclaimed wood:

Environmentally Friendly – Reclaimed wood can help dramatically reduce your home’s environmental impact because you are not cutting down trees to source your wood, but instead are reusing wood from barns, buildings, and more.

Durability – Reclaimed wood is extremely durable compared to new wood, which will help with maintenance cost and the overall lifespan of your home.

Character – Reclaimed wood adds originality and significant character to your home. Imagine telling guests of your home that your wooden box beam came from an old boat or wine cask. How cool is that?!

Old Wood, New Life – Even the oldest piece of barn wood can be made to look brand new again after some love and care. You can help give old, historic pieces of wood new life by welcoming them into your home.

To get started, you can request a quote by filling out this brief form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Or, you can call 651-464-1771 to get ahold of us.

We are looking forward to working with you to help create a truly beautiful, sustainable home!