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Long-term Sustainability

Independent Stave Company is committed to working with loggers and organizations that promote the long-term sustainability of our forests. We want to do our part to ensure we have thriving French and American oak forests for generations to come.

"We believe education and outreach through land and process certification is one of the most effective and manageable solutions to achieve sustainability."
- Brad Boswell, Independent Stave Company CEO

Forest Certifications


French Oak 

Our French oak stave mill, Merrain International, is certified through the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, as are the French oak barrels we craft in the United States and France. This certification verifies we source our French oak from sustainably managed and certified forests.


American Oak 

Our domestic stave mills and cooperages achieved certification to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®. All American oak barrels manufactured domestically are certified to the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard.

Sustainability Partnerships


sustainable production

Processes & Certifications

We bring our sustainability approach forward into our production process by utilizing 100% of the oak that we purchase. Wood that does not go into stave, heading, or oak alternative material is utilized internally as fuel or sold as high quality by-products to be used in other industries.

Considering the long-term impact of our production process is a cornerstone of our efforts to become a more sustainable cooperage company and decrease our carbon footprint.


Certification Documents

ISO 9001