We have been demonstrating this aim since 2010 via our FSC® certification, and we are the first manufacturer worldwide to produce Orff instruments from certified woods. You can recognize these products from the FSC® tree logo. The Forest Stewardship Council™ (its German branch - www.fsc-deutschland.de), FSC® for short, is a non-profit, independent organization with its headquarters in Bonn and has national working groups in 43 countries. The objective of the FSC® is to foster the responsible management of forests worldwide. It is supported by environmental organizations (WWF, Greenpeace, NABU, Robin Wood, and others), social associations (IG BAU, IG Metall, and others), as well as numerous companies.
A key focus of its work is to give equal consideration to the social, ecological and economic aspects of the use of natural products. For us, the FSC® is a certification standard with the highest credibility in terms of legal and exemplary forest management. We purchase other imported wood exclusively from suppliers who adhere to worldwide norms relating to species protection.
This ensures that imports of this kind conform to ‘CITES’ and ‘EUTR’. CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) is a treaty that aims to regulate the international trade in wild animals and plants to the extent that the survival of animal and plant species living in the wild are not endangered. The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) seeks to prevent the sale of illegally sourced wood within the European Union. It prohibits the import of wood and wood products from illegal logging into the EU domestic market .
We use reconstructed veneers alongside natural ones. These veneers are produced by the company Alpi in Italy. Alpi's ecologic strategy: to use wood from plantations and controlled forestry to achieve a sparing use of natural resources – completely in harmony with our environment. Since 2004, we have employed an ecological finish for the surfaces of our wood products. Known as Proterra, it is produced from shellac, oil and carnauba wax. Instead of a lacquer-based wood stain, we insist on using a water-soluble, environmentally friendly stain. We do this not just for environmental reasons, but also to protect the health of our staff and customers around the world.