Carol Sanford (Author of Regenerative Business Series) shared this about Bark House wall coverings,
“…if I was in a space with Bark House bark wall coverings, I would know that I had found a place where we belong”.
Bill McDonough (Author and Founder of Cradle to Cradle) shared this about Bark House,
“…you are looking at a product that is almost a sacred thing…people are being honored with right-fit jobs, forests are being honored with sustainable forestry, and the buildings that use these materials are being honored with safe, healthy materials.”
In this area, right-fit jobs mean keeping generational farms intact and supporting small logging crews to do good work in the forest. It means expanding financial opportunities in an economically distressed community. One hundred percent of the material we procure is sourced in Appalachia. We’ve trained over a thousand loggers across 5-states, representing 45 counties who can now earn 3-times the pay for up-cycled bark as for the tree alone. Right-fit-jobs keep the local people in contact with the outdoors and the natural systems that they appreciate.
At Bark House, honoring forests is as Bill McDonough said – a sacred act to us. This is done in the way we source, make, and why we sell bark wall coverings. Similar to a farm-to-table process, we are in direct relationship with the people we are buying from. Our strict guidelines are established to support the land, the landowner, and the client with the highest quality product.
Our manufacturing processes honor the strategy of trees that produce clean air, contribute to clean streams and water systems, hold the soil intact and produce nutrient-rich soil. Because we use solar and hand-processing, our poplar wall panels hold more carbon than all our manufacturing produces. We use zero water in direct manufacturing, do stream-bank restoration projects, and stream clean-ups. We monitor watershed quality reports. Our pure manufacturing means that the exterior shingles will bio-degrade and build clean soil. In the manufacturing world, these accomplishments are immense.
We believe that the best design is regenerative and supports living-legacy projects. The processes we employ support our clients to invest in quality on a different level – to invest in pure beauty – to invest in a future where forests are healthy and climate systems are in balance.
Bark House Poplar Bark Interior and Exterior Wall Coverings earned the world’s first Cradle to Cradle PLATINUM level certification. In 2018, the PLATINUM level was the most stringent material health certification on the market. This means using environmentally safe and healthy materials; design for material reutilization, such as recycling or composting; the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency; efficient use of water, and maximum water quality associated with production; and instituting strategies for social responsibility.
If you’ve followed us for a while, you know all the community projects we’ve been involved with or led. You can read about the impacts in our EmBark Blog. Currently, we are working with ForestHer on the Impact and Evaluations Committee to understand and document the impact ForestHer NC is having on private land conservation in North Carolina and the Workshop Planning Committee to develop and implement workshops, training sessions, and field tours for women landowners and natural resource professionals. Bark House is proud to be a woman-owned forestry business.
For More on The Bark House History, Visit The Milestones Page
"Quality is not a goal here… It’s a way of life."