You can be environmentally conscious when buying wood for your crafts! If refurbishing the wooden furniture you already have isn’t an option, you can still lower your carbon footprint and save trees by choosing the right product. Here are some tips for choosing eco-friendly wood products:
- Pick wisely: Many species of trees are rare or endangered such as teak and monkeypod/raintree, and others take longer to grow and cannot be easily replaced such as certain species of oak, mahogany, and cedar. Instead of choosing these woods, opt for eco-friendly alternatives such as pine or bamboo wood, another sustainable and hardy material.
- Go local: Choose wood that comes from trees that grow in your area and wasn’t transported long distances. Popular trees used for crafting supplies that grow in Europe include pine, cherry, oak, birch, poplar, ash, maple, walnut, and certain species of acacia, it would depend mainly on the price you want to pay for the raw material.
- Look for certified wood: When buying new wood, look for wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) that verifies that the piece was built to meet strong environmental and economic performance standards or certified by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) that is the world’s leading forest certification organization, international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management.
- Buy reclaimed or recycled wood: Many softwoods such as fir and pine can be recycled, so choose a piece that turns the old into the new! Reclaimed wood also offers antique beauty, and with the perfect distressed paint finish, you can add a dash of vintage chic to your living space. Check out our web for recycled and new wood examples.
At Woodthink. we are pretty concerned about the sustainability of the environment, so we have only Eco-Friendly Wood, in fact, all our materials are Made in Spain and with the PEFC label.