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Eco Issues I; Introduction

INTRODUCTION

 

You won’t find many independent furniture makers these days who do not use the word “sustainable” on a regular basis. This is because most of us tend to use natural materials which are always likely to be more sustainable than plastics, but in order to do the least harm to the planet when purchasing any sort of product, we need to delve a bit deeper than that.
I have tried to clarify my understanding of how furniture makers can be a net positive for the well-being of the planet. The more I look into it, the more I become aware of just how complicated it is, but that is no excuse for not trying, so in this series of blog posts I will give my current understanding of the main environmental issues relating to furniture makers.

Relevant Environmental issues I aim to cover;

 

FSC certification?

What does it mean and should you always insist on it?

Carbon Footprint

Is the planet always happier when wood is left in the form of a tree or can it be just as good (or better) if it becomes a table?

Distance Travelled.

Is “local” always best when sourcing the raw materials for furniture?

Recycled Timber

Is it even possible to make high-quality furniture from reclaimed timber?

Tropical vs Temperate woods.

Is there such a thing as planet-friendly tropical timber? If not, should there be?

Solid vs Veneer and sheet materials.

Most people assume that solid is better than veneered. Why is this and are they correct?

Conclusion

How the above considerations affect my approach to sourcing and using materials.

 

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