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  • Writer's pictureSarah Pence

Sustainability Series: What to Know About Wooden Furniture

Wood is something we all have in our homes. It's often the foundation of strength and beauty in our most cherished pieces. But, not all wooden furniture is created equally and knowing how it became that gorgeous dining table you love is important.

Here's a couple quick tips to help you know what to look for next time you shop sustainable wooden furniture:

- FSC-certified wood. If you've watched the Lorax I'm sure you remember the famous quote made by the grumpy (and rightfully so) little fella "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better, it's not." Takeaway - chopping down trees isn't a good thing. But, it is sometimes necessary. That being said, if you want to buy wooden furniture try looking for FSC-certified wood. FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council. It's a nonprofit organization that promotes responsible and sustainable forest management. When you see the FSC-certified wood designation, you know the wood was sourced from a responsibly managed forest.

- Reclaimed, recycled, or salvaged wood. We've all heard the mantra "Reduce, Recycle, Reuse", but oftentimes when we start designing our dream room we automatically think NEW. There are excellent ways to bring in "new-to-you" items that are sustainable options. Knowing the difference will help you decide which category to search. Reclaimed wood is wood that has been pulled from old barns, warehouses, etc. This wood is repurposed, but remains unchanged. Recycled wood has been reprocessed and reconstructed into a new product. And salvaged wood is something found in it's natural unused state (think fallen tree limbs, logs, etc.).

- Bamboo. Bamboo is considered a sustainable material because it grows so rapidly. [Side bar: It's actually a grass, not a tree! Cool, right?!] It is durable, versatile, and takes much less energy to grow so it can be made into a ton of different products including furniture!

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