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Living Earth Crafts® Announces Industry First Manufacturer Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification

Completed certification leads way for first FSC certified spa tables available for growing environmentally conscientious, world renowned resorts and spas

Vista, California – July 29, 2008 – Living Earth Crafts (LEC) (, an industry leader in creating spa treatment tables from earth friendly materials and processes, announced its recent Manufacture of FSC-certified portable and stationary massage table certification (FSC Certification Registration Number: SCS-COC-001574) by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) in accordance with the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council A.C (FSC). Certification means wood used in Living Earth Crafts' designated FSC portable and stationary massage tables has been harvested from forests that meet stringent environmental, social and economic standards.

"We are honored to secure FSC certification for our production facility as well as for our designated line of portable and stationary massage tables," said Jim Chenevey, CEO and President of Living Earth Crafts. "It is part of our ongoing commitment to offer environmentally sound and earth friendly products."

Before a product may carry an FSC or SCS label, all stages of the production, distribution and sale of the product must be independently evaluated.  Wood must be tracked from the certified forest to the finished product. Through SCS's Chain-of-Custody Certification Division, it certifies wholesalers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers, who handle wood coming from forests certified according to FSC standards.  For FSC Chain-of-Custody certification, SCS also provides group and multi-site certification.  To become certified, these entities must meet six principles of chain-of-custody, such as maintaining adequate inventory control systems that allow for separation and identification of certified product. SCS requires the tracking of certified products throughout the production process to ensure the validity of the certified claim.

"Purchasers of FSC certified portable and stationary massage tables can be assured that they are buying a product that has been harvested from FSC-certified forests with the intent to preserve that resource for years to come," continued Jim Chenevey. "The certification and appropriate table markings gives consumers the added reassurance they've done their part to be earth friendly in their selection and ultimate product purchase – something that most tables on the market today don't currently offer."

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Living Earth Crafts Receives FSC Certification

FSC certification is Living Earth Crafts's most recent environmental accomplishment is an addition to their existing list of ongoing green practices and processes that include but are not limited to:

  • Supporting Sustainable Harvest, Trees for the Future and America Forests to plant a tree for every spa and massage table sold.
  • Water based lacquers and glues.
  • Eco-friendly, yet luxurious Natursoft™ upholstery (100% PU with biodegradable rayon backing).
  • CFC-free Strata™ memory cushioning system.
  • CNC optimized wood cuts to minimize scrap, and intensive recycling down to the sawdust.
  • Energy efficient factory lighting and climate control.
  • Inner office recycling and recycled stationery among many other programs

About Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)

SCS-scientfic-certification-systemsSCS is an independent third-party certifier of environmental, sustainability, food quality and food purity claims. Over two decades, SCS has developed internationally recognized standards and certification programs aimed at spurring the highest level of environmental improvements, social accountability and product performance. Its programs span a wide cross-section of the economy, recognizing accomplishments in the fields of green building, product manufacturing, forestry, retail, agricultural production, fisheries, energy, and food processing and handling. For more information about SCS, visit or call 510-452-8000.

About The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

FSC-Forest-Stewardship-CouncilThe Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organization that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests.

About Living Earth Crafts (LEC)

Living Earth Crafts is headquartered in Vista, California with operations on three continents. Living Earth Crafts and its affiliates are one of the largest treatment and portable massage table manufacturers in the world. Founded in 1973, Living Earth Crafts maintains an unwavering commitment to making exceptional quality products and to eco-friendly sustainability.