Choosing green lumber alternatives instead of rainforest woods can help protect the earth’s tropical habitats. Because tropical hardwoods were routinely harvested for products such as patio furniture, some species have been eradicated. Three of the most commonly used rainforest woods were teak, mahogany, and jatoba, but they weren’t the only ones that were impacted by deforestation. Over 137 kinds of plants and animals disappeared due to the destruction of the rainforest. Not only were the tropical forests harmed; the wood didn’t hold up very well, because materials were susceptible to discoloration and rotting. They also required extensive maintenance, which included regular oiling and sealing.
Today’s eco-friendly furnishings do not harm the planet, and there are multiple other benefits, as well. For example, the materials, such as bamboo, aluminum, and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) are easy to maintain, don’t emit toxic byproducts, and are affordable alternatives to lumber.
For more information on selecting environmentally friendly patio furnishings, take a look at this infographic.
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