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Q: Is wood furniture eco friendly? After all, they would need to cut down a tree to use its wood.

A: The process of making any piece of furniture uses up resources from the environment, whether it is made of wood, metal, or plastic.
Trees reduce the carbon dioxide in the air, contribute to the water cycle, and maintain biodiversity in forests. But the management of wood resources is regulated in some countries so that the wood is sustainable, meaning that the material is renewable, can be easily found, and replaced easily. Trees that come from plantations are replanted once they are felled.

If you’re concerned about where the wood used for a piece of furniture is from, ask the shop. Look for certifications from organisations such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), which are watchdogs for responsible forestry management practices.

Beyond the label, buy good quality designs that will stand the test of time; pieces made of one kind of wood, and countries with established certification practices, such as the US and Indonesia.

Some wood, such as rubber wood, are also sustainable as they are by-products of another industry. You can also look into getting certified as well as repurposed wood furniture locally.

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