Environmental consciousness without pretense has long been an element of Amish culture. Most Amish families live without dependence on the electrical grid, travel by horse and buggy, and can food from their own gardens.
Amish craftsmen usually learn their trade from their elders. Part of that training is a deep respect for the natural materials they use. Hardwoods are obtained strictly from responsible suppliers who practice sustainable forestry. Typically their per acre yields increase with each harvest. Most Amish hardwood sources are located within relatively close proximity, meaning fuel and ultimately environmental costs are minimized when compared with furniture manufacturers who import resources from overseas.
It is an Amish belief that no lumber should be wasted. Smaller wood pieces that cannot be used are often shared with neighbors. Wood scraps may heat homes and shops. Even the sawdust is used for livestock bedding on Amish farms.
Most importantly, Amish-made furniture is truly built to last and to be passed from generation to generation. If it ever leaves your family home, it's far more likely to end up in a museum than a landfill. Ultimately that’s good for the community and our planet.