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EcoTimber was founded in 1992, and as such is one of the oldest, if not the oldest US purveyor of sustainably harvested flooring.  After touring South America and seeing the destruction of the tropical rainforests there, Jason Grant met two UK-based woodworkers who started the very first company in the world to promote sustainable tropical timber, importing lesser-known species from community-based forestry operations in remote places like Papua New Guinea and Ecuador. These small-scale operations in the tropics were the first to be certified by the newly-minted SmartWood program of the Rainforest Alliance – several years before the launch of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Inspired by the UK startup, Jason enlisted the help of his college buddy, Aaron Maizlish, who was on the look-out for socially-responsible business opportunities. Jason and Aaron soon met Eugene Dickey, a builder and cabinetmaker who had independently considered starting a company dealing in “good wood,” and the game was on. The three wrote a business plan, raised a modest amount of start-up funds and ordered their first container of wood from Papua New Guinea. Sales were mostly to custom woodworkers.

The forest certification movement began to gather momentum with the launch of the FSC in 1994, and with it EcoTimber brought on domestic hardwood products as they became available with FSC certification. In the fall of 1995, the company received an equity infusion of over a million dollars – including the first and only investment into a for-profit business that the MacArthur Foundation has ever made.

In the next 5 years, the company made numerous high-profile sales – getting their FSC flooring into Banana Republic stores, The Gap headquarters, and even supplying FSC mahogany to guitar manufacturer Gibson USA.

Sold twice since 2000, EcoTimber remains a leader in the forest products industry as current management and ownership remain committed to the original vision: to build a successful company that harnesses the marketplace to support sustainable forestry and forest conservation worldwide.

EcoTimber offers an exhaustive list of FSC certified flooring sourced from around the world and right next door; too many choices to list individually. To give you an idea of the extent of their offerings, the Tesoro Domestics line has the following category headings: American Woods; Bluegrass Reclaimed Plank; Nature’s Lodge; Orchard; Pacific Northwest; Antique Heart Pine, and; Vintage Gatehouse. Their Tesoro Exotics categories are Tikal and World Woods, and Tesoro Rustics are Nature’s Lodge and Orchard. Tesoro Reclaimed flooring includes some of the selections from American Woods, plus the Bluegrass Reclaimed Plank, and Orchard. Last on the list is Densified Poplar.

EcoTimber has a complete catalog of bamboo flooring, decking, verneer, countertops, and accessories sold under the Dasso label, and a line of cork floors and underlayments sold as CorkRibas.

For more information on EcoTimber, follow this link: http://www.ecotimber.com/

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