Hardwood furniture is an investment, and if it’s properly taken care of it can last for generations. However, buying antique furniture can be a bit much for most people’s budgets. The alternative, though, is buying furniture made from fresh wood, but that raises the specter of logging and deforestation. Two costs eco-friendly people try to avoid at all costs.
What’s the alternative, though? Buying particle board with veneers? Sticking with rattan and other forms of wicker? Well, if you have your heart set on hardwood, there is an option out there for you.
Hardwoods like teak, mahogany, and others have been in demand for centuries. The major problem with harvesting these woods, though, is that the choice comes down to leaving the forests intact or harvesting them for resources. Rubber trees, though, are something of a different story.
Rubber trees, as we all know, are used for their sap. This sap, once harvested from the trees, is used to make latex. As such, rubber trees are grown on plantations rather than in the wild. Furthermore, though, these trees will eventually stop yielding sap. When that happens, they’re cut down and replaced by younger, fresher trees. So in this instance, the old rubber trees are considered waste. They’re cut down because they’re in the way, not because the wood is a resource.
That’s why so many people are seeking out furniture and other products made from rubberwood (or parawood, as it’s sometimes called). And because rubber trees are still hardwoods, you get all the benefits of strong wood, without the ecological footprint such a purchase would normally make.
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