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There’s little debate that solid hardwood furniture is beautiful, sturdy and long-lasting. But did you realize that choosing hardwood furniture for your home or business makes you a better steward of the world’s resources? Solid Hardwood: For a Better Today, Brighter Tomorrow examines some of the ways your choices to use hardwood help make our planet a more healthy place for today and for generations to come.
Solid Hardwood: For a Better Today, Brighter Tomorrow
For millennia, humans have been chopping down trees, seasoning wood and using it for many purposes, including furniture. So having hardwood furniture in our homes seems so natural, we ignore the benefits of wood as a building material. For now, let’s look beyond the beauty, majesty, and prestige of fine hardwood furniture. And let’s delve into some of the benefits of choosing solid wood.
Buying Solid Wood Products is a Healthy Habit
When it comes to products with little or no downside, few commodities can rival wood. Because wood is a completely natural product. It’s also a renewable resource. This means when we use wood in a responsible manner, it replaces itself naturally.
In fact, the USDA Forest Service reports that in the US, more hardwoods grow than are harvested each year. Also, since 1953, the volume of hardwoods in America’s forests has increased 119 percent.
What’s more, we use just about every part of a log as lumber or wood by-products. And ‘wasted’ — non-re-purposed wood material — is natural. So it doesn’t harm the environment. Compare this to hard-to-dispose-of materials like metal, concrete, plastics, and synthetics.
Making Items from Wood Saves Energy
Studies show that it takes 126 times more energy to make products from glass, plastic or cement than it does from wood. And emitting pollutants are part of the manufacturing process. In contrast, building stuff from wood is a relatively ‘clean’ and low energy process. Making you a better steward of the earth’s resources.
Wood is Great for the Environment
Choosing hardwood furniture and other wood products instead of man-made materials in your home means emitting less carbon into the atmosphere. In fact, trees store carbon dioxide as they grow. And after harvest, wood products continue to store much of this carbon.
Conversely, manufactured products tend to emit a lot more carbon into the atmosphere than wood. And carbon emissions trap heat in the atmosphere, leading to climate change. Steel emits 15 percent more greenhouse gases, releases 10 percent more pollutants into the air and generates 300 percent more water pollutants than wood. Also, concrete emits 29 percent more greenhouse gases, releases 12 percent more pollutants into the air and generates 225 percent more water pollutants than wood.
See the Best in Wood Furniture at Weaver Furniture Sales
Without a doubt, custom-made hardwood furniture represents the premiere use of hardwood. And nowhere showcases better hardwood furniture than Weaver Furniture Sales. You can see the furniture at Weaver’s online furniture catalog. Or, better yet, visit Weaver’s Amish furniture store in Shipshewana, Indiana. And discover the best in Solid Hardwood: For a Better Today, Brighter Tomorrow.