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Why use reclaimed wood?

Furniture which is manufactured from reclaimed wood helps reduce the demand on the world’s rainforests.

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Many of the world’s natural forests are being destroyed by our ever increasing demand for timber. In its natural state, almost half the surface area of the world would be covered by forest. But as the world’s population has exploded to over seven billion, human beings have used up half the forests for wood only one-fifth of forests remain completely untouched.

Global wood consumption expected to more than double over the next three decades, so it’s vital that the human race acts now to preserve the remaining forests – particularly the rainforests.

By making recycled timber choices at our favourite furniture store, we can all do our bit to help preserve them. These forests are home to an array of wildlife that simply can’t survive elsewhere. Already, various species have become extinct. The forests are the main basis for a delicately balanced eco-system supporting life.

The rainforests also play a vital role in absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – a gas released when fossil fuels and wood are burned. This contributes to the greenhouse effect and so to global warming.

It is often said that the rainforests are the lungs of the world. This is a very accurate description which sums up our collective need to save them for today, and for the sake of all species for the future – including our own.
Reclaimed wooden furniture both helps reduce the need to destroy more trees for manufacturing purposes – and reduces the amount of waste wood that is often disposed of by burning.

Wood is a durable resource, so it makes sense to recycle it wherever possible. So the next time you see the tempting furniture sale sign going up – first ask if there’s really a need to be using up new wood and whether there’s a recycled alternative.

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