Tesoro Great Northern Woods Collection
formerly known as EcoTimber
Tesoro Woods is a certified advocate of sourcing sustainable materials and using eco-friendly, low-VOC finishes and glues to minimize the impact on indoor air quality and health.
Tesoro Woods strongly believes that wood is an eco-friendly flooring option. After all, wood is a natural material – renewable, non-toxic, recyclable and energy-efficient to grow and manufacture. It truly is one of the only major building materials that is made naturally without unhealthy chemicals and by-products. Therefore, because wood as a material is eco-friendly, the term “green” focuses on sources rather than characteristics. In order to determine if a wood product is green, you must know where the wood came from.
Harvested wood and logging is generally thought to eliminate the world’s natural forests entirely to use the land in other ways. While irresponsible or illegal logging and deforestation are serious global problems today, logging is not always detrimental to the environment. Sustainable forestry exists where proper controlled forest management practices allow for harvesting wood to be eco-friendly. Natural forests can be managed carefully in ways that preserve the ecosystem and the services they provide.
All wood either comes from a salvaged, reclaimed, or recycled source, or is harvested from forests or plantations sourced from controlled, sustainable forests in North America. More specifically, the majority of Tesoro’s wood veneers including Tesoro Great Northern are harvested in Canada and the Northern United States, with the exception of Great Southern Woods Collection are sourced throughout Central America and South America
While it seems environmentally-responsible to buy wood flooring that claims to have been “recycled”, “salvaged” or “reclaimed”, these terms are often used interchangeably, or even incorrectly. This is because there is no universal industry standard that clearly defines these terms, and without clear standards or requirements it’s easy to offer these greenwashed products. To remedy this problem, Tesoro Woods clearly labels and defines how their green wood flooring products are sourced and third party certified on the Environmental Attribute Guide.