Wood is the Better Resource
Wood has been a much needed resource for our ancestors for thousands of years. Trees provided wood to make fire for heat making winters bearable and for foods that would otherwise be hard to eat. Wood also was used for building homes. We have used wood for tools, to write on and for weapons. This renewable and sustainable resource has been and will continue to be one of mother natures' most prized gift and our best choice for many uses.
This natural resource is biodegradable, recyclable, energy efficient, durable, salvageable and beautiful. Wood uses less energy to process than steel, concrete, plastic and aluminum. It is used for insulation and has low thermal diffusivity (measure of how quickly a material can absorb heat from its surroundings). It supports and feeds the people who grow and process it. Sustainable forestry practices are now heavily enforced with companies like FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and the Green Council. Ipe wood is one species that FSC has begun to regulate more heavily and it has benefited the Amazon by sustaining the forests for use and for living off for many indigenous people. Ipe along with Cumaru, Garapa, Tigerwood and many other hardwoods are being utilized for their strength, durability and longevity not to mention chemical free properties. Furniture, flooring and decking have long been made with wood and have lasted the test of time with minimal maintenance and chemicals. In addition, building with wood keeps us from digging up fossil fuels and manufacturing wood products make the least water and air pollution, solid waste and emission of gases.
Today we use all parts of the tree as even small pieces of the wood can be used in engineered wood products and paper. The great thing about wood is the tree it comes from is self sustained. It uses soil, air, carbon dioxide and water to grow and will decompose back to the earth in a renewable cycle as long as we use responsible forest management. The earth has provided a wonderful resource to help us shelter, feed and protect ourselves and with care we can help minimize use of non recyclable materials from filling our landfills and polluting our planet at the same time utilize what mother nature has given us. In other words, wood is good. Remember it can't be duplicated and doesn't need to be.