Monday, March 3, 2008

Environmental friendly wood

march 3 2008

Yesterday I saw a program on TV about the loss of woods in South America.
The lungs of the world are disappearing so quick that it makes me afraid.
Even young trees and shrubs don't have the chance to grow.
The're pulled out of the ground with bulldozers with large heavy chains between them, leaving large areas like desserts.
Some of the areas are used to grow soya to feed animals and to make bioproducts and biofuel. It all needs to be transported huge distances, and to grow them without weeds and bugs huge quantities of poison are used.

It makes me even more aware of how responsible I am for the world around me.

I only use wood for furniture which hasn't been transported farm and I use it not to the first scratch, but as long as possible.
The dinnertable isn't without a scratch, but it's got character, history and it's still a valued piece of furniture.

Preserving the wood you really need means you will use it longer, and it saves wood.

In the past, and still today, arsenic and chromium were and are used to preserve wood. The toxic effects are of huge concern.
Wood can also be treated with, for instance, ACQ, an environmentally advanced copper and quat preservative system that is arsenic and chromium free.

When choosing wood, one needs to know for which application it's intended, because that'll guide the decision for the preservative.
Wood which will be in contact with water needs other preservatives than wood which will be in a fairly dry environment.

Find someone with good knowledge, so you make the best choice possible.
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