Friday, May 17, 2013

Giving in to reclaimed wood furniture for a greener future

The credit of using reclaimed wood as opposed to conventional wood to furnish houses, offices and summerhouses has escalated in recent times. The current frequency at making reclaimed wood part of homes stress on the fact that reclaimed timber has a unique, quirky and exquisite look, but also is an added environmental benefit that salvaged wood generates.

The environmental benefit of using reclaimed wood as opposed to non-recycled materials is that it eliminates pointless waste. The exposure of other types of waste often prevents the wood from completely decomposing and instead the wood partially breaks down, which generates the release of methane gas which causes a vicious cycle in global warming, creating ground-level ozone, which is bad for both the environment and for human health.

The Global Tree campaign, a joint venture between Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) is an international campaign that concentrates to saving trees that are threatened with extinction across the world. According to the campaign, more than 8000 tree species are threatened with extinction.

When buying furniture, such as settees, beds, coffee tables and dining room tables and chairs that have been made out of reclaimed wood, it saves trees from being cut down. The Global Trees Campaign also estimates that less than 10 percent of wood waste is actually recycled.

Reclaimed wood not only adds a unique, rustic and hand-crafted look with a stylish and tasteful edge, but goes a long way in the quest to minimise the carbon footprints.

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