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By admin
14 Feb 2012

Do your bit for the earth and surround yourself in timber

Using recycled timber is not only good for the environment but also preserving Australian history and bringing the warmth of something natural into your home.

The benefits for the environment are beyond measure as timber stores Carbon Dioxide. Carborn Dioxide is helpful for nature (photosynthensis), enables the earth to retain heat and fuel global industry, however an excess of Carbon Dioxide can warm the earth too much causing global warming.

Global Warming is the increase of Earth’s average surface temperature due to effect of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels or from deforestation, which trap heat that would otherwise escape from Earth. This is a type of greenhouse effect.

driftwood hutIn the last 15 years or so, climate change and deforestation have been issues which have prompted consumers to be much more aware of where timber is sourced and whether or not it has been obtained using sustainable practices i.e., procurement of timber from responsibly mangaged forests or recycled /re-claimed timber retrieved from old timber structures such as bridges, telephone poles, demolished buildings, wharfes, house stumps and dead tree logs retrieved from farms.

Scientifically , timber stores Carbon Dioxide. As a tree grows it absorbs Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere, and through the process photosynthesthis, converts that gas into oxygen which is then emiited into the atmosphere. The used Carbon Dioxide remains in the wood.

The warmth that a natural element such as timber can provi de is an important part of making your house “A Home”. Rich in character, beautiful natural colours and tactile to touch – wood placed in your home can certainly add a nurturing and grounding feeling to any room. Very old and recycled timber always has a story to be told. At Christian Cole Furniture the timber’s story is very important to us! Do your bit for the earth and bring recycled or sustainably grown timber into your home.

Fiona Cole