Wood products from Drees Wood Products, a family business in Texas that sells to Wal-Mart
Drees is the nation’s largest manufacturer of wood products for commercial and residential uses.
The company says it is the only company in the world with a 100 percent recycled wood content.
But critics say the company’s policies and practices in its business have put it at risk.
WSJ’s Brian Seltzer and Mike Kelly discuss the controversy surrounding Drees and the potential impacts to its business.
WSj’s Brian D’Andrea and Jeff Mason discuss whether Wal-Marts policies about sourcing recycled wood are in line with the law.
WS_DSM_2017-10-23T19:25:16-09:00 (US Eastern Standard Time)Drees Wood products are a family of small businesses in Texas, according to its website.
The website says the business sells quality wood products to Walmart, Home Depot and other retail outlets in the Houston area.
Wal-Mart has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Walmart’s policy says it “does not guarantee the quality of wood product purchased from a supplier.”
It also says that “a quality score is not an indicator of the overall quality of product.”
WSJ has not independently verified that statement.
Drees has been embroiled in controversy over sourcing recycled materials in the past.
In 2015, the company told The Wall Street Journal that it would only buy recycled materials from certified suppliers and that it had no plans to use its own material in its products.
In January, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) called on Wal-mart to investigate whether its sourcing practices for wood products are in compliance with federal environmental law.
The group said that while the retailer’s policies “require that all wood products used in their stores be recycled at the lowest cost, the vast majority of its wood products sold to Walmarts are still made with recycled materials.”
The company has said it has no plans for the company to buy recycled wood products.
Dree said in a statement to The Wall St. Journal that “we are proud of our history of being a leader in the wood product industry.”
Walmart did not immediately respond to a phone message from WSJ requesting comment.