However, timber can also pose an environmental liability if it is taken from the wrong source. Ensure that you are not harming the environment by only using timber from sustainable sources.
Read on for more information on sustainable timber.
What is Sustainable Timber?
Sustainable timber is timber that has been harvested in an ecologically responsible way. That is, each tree that is cut down for use is replaced by another tree that has either been naturally grown or planted. As well as replacing the tree, sustainability includes ensuring that there is no damage to other species and that biodiversity, climate, and water cycles are maintained as normal.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a global not for profit organisation that regulates standards of sustainable forestry internationally. It is a certification system that shows that the timber is sustainable and it is used in more than 50 countries worldwide.
One type of timber that you may not think of with living in the UK, but which is actually incredibly sustainable is bamboo. Bamboo is extremely fast growing, is very strong (with a tensile strength comparable to steel), looks fantastic, and is low in allergies.
The Advantages of Using Sustainable Timber
The most obvious benefit of using sustainable timber is that you can obtain all of the benefits of timber for building, furniture and so forth, without causing damage to fragile forests and habitats. Old growth forests are maintained untouched as the timber comes from certified sustainable forests and ecosystems are not harmed.
Sustainable timber plantations or forests also help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as the trees actually remove carbon dioxide from the air and replace it with oxygen, making the air cleaner.
Sustainable timber has all the properties of regular timber; it is a beautiful material that can be used just about anywhere in the home – for flooring, decking, structural support, cabinetry, exposed beams, and so on. Sustainable timber is also very strong and durable and will last for a lifetime with the proper care.