When it comes to choosing home furniture, Toronto residents have more choice than ever. One of the fastest growing sectors of the market is reclaimed wood furniture. Conventional wood has been popular since time immemorial, and has morphed into a number of different forms over the years. More recently, however – perhaps as a reaction to our ever-more sleek and modern-looking everyday surrounding – reclaimed wood furniture has really started to make its impact on the market. Its unconventional and often rustic or traditional appearance helps us feel somewhat closer to nature. The benefits of reclaimed wood furniture, however, are not all strictly aesthetic.
In What Ways Does Reclaimed Wood Furniture Benefit the Environment?
It might not be a surprise to learn that furniture made from reclaimed wood is kinder to the earth than that made from conventional wood. However, it is actually quite a bit greener than most people think – the whole process, often from sourcing the wood itself, right down to delivery, can have a seriously lower environmental impact, than that of furniture made from conventional wood or other materials. Here are just some of the ways how you’re helping the planet by choosing reclaimed wood furniture:
- For starters, you’re saving it from going to landfill – Landfill sites are notorious for their negative effect on our environment. One of their main drawbacks is that they simply continue to grow. As humans produce more and more waste, we constantly need to find more landfill sites to dump unwanted materials. It makes sense to look for ways to reduce adding to landfill, and using reclaimed wood furniture is one of them. As its popularity grows, the amount of landfill taken up by unwanted wooden furniture will hopefully begin to decline.
- It plays a part in reducing global warming – When conventional wood furniture is sent to landfill, over time it begins to break down and decompose. Unfortunately, this wood often fails to break down in a natural way, as it does so in contact with other waste materials. This can result in a partial breakdown, which triggers the release of methane gas. Unfortunately, this gas is one of the main factors in the creation of ground-level ozone, which is a major cause of increasing global warming.
- It helps reduce deforestation – The mass destruction of the world’s forests pose one of the most serious threats to our existence. While, in countries such as our own, efforts have been made towards promoting the sustainable sourcing of wood, this is not true all over the world. When you buy a piece of conventional wood furniture, the chances that it was sourced from a sustainable forest are low. When you buy a piece made from reclaimed wood, it’s not even a consideration you need to make.
- It helps protect endangered species – Using more and more conventional wood products to make furniture means that more and more trees need to be chopped down. This has put certain species of tree in danger of extinction. Not only that, but there are countless different species which have evolved to survive in and around specific trees. Reducing the numbers of particular tree types to such low numbers, obviously poses a major threat to the existence of other species which rely on them for nutrition, shelter, mating and so on.
Thankfully, a good number of Toronto residents seem to have already caught on to these benefits. Not only does furniture created from reclaimed wood add character and personality to their homes – their visitors will also be aware of their contribution towards helping save our planet from ecological disaster.