Is hardwood furniture a sustainable and environmentally friendly choice? The answer to this question is clear. Hardwood furniture is both the sustainable and eco-friendly choice. These three reasons show why this is the case.
1. Hardwood is a renewable source
Hardwood forests in the United States have grown substantially the last fifty years. In the latest update, The United States Department of Agriculture reported that the U.S. hardwood stock increased by over 130% from 1953 to 2012! This stock will continue to increase because hardwood forests are replenished far quicker than trees are being harvested. Also, hardwood furniture manufactures are committed stewards of our forests. This commitment makes the future of hardwood furniture extremely sustainable.
The hardwood for handcrafted furniture comes from forests right here in the United States. Local is the buzzword in the food industry. It’s time the furniture industry got on board as well. The majority of furniture sold in the United States is transported across vast oceans, which many people have failed to realize. The energy required to move all this product is a massive waste of resources. On the contrary, handcrafted furniture cuts out this unnecessary global transportation making it a more environmentally friendly choice than imported furniture.
3. Hardwood furniture manufacturing produces virtually no waste
The handcrafted furniture process produces virtually no waste, all the way from the forest to your home. Wood cutoffs and scraps are used for heating furniture production facilities or turned into sawdust. Plus, hardwood furniture is normally transported using the blanket wrapping method. This utilizes reusable blankets which eliminates tons (literally) of packaging waste. Finally, hardwood furniture is constructed to last longer which means less energy. “Throw away” furniture results in an endless manufacturing cycle, which is exactly what the furniture industry wants in spite of its negative impact on the environment.
Hardwood furniture is the eco-friendly choice. It’s sustainable because it is harvested locally, a renewable source, and produces virtually no waste. Handcrafted furniture is the right choice for those who are interested in preserving our world.