Wood is a renewable resource if it is harvested in a sustainable
manner. For sustainable wood, we will assist the public to look
for recycled wood products, or wood certified by the Forest
Stewardship Council (FSC) as coming from well-managed forests.
Topics that will be focused on:
- Personal Health
- What to look for
- Looking for wood that's certified by the Forest Stewardship
- Looking for "reclaimed" or "recycled"
- Choosing products made with "secondary species."
- Buying wood products made with lower grades of wood
- What is sustainable Timber
- Certified Timber Organizations
- The process of Certifying
- Local Certified Timber
- Green Rating Certified Wood
We will be explaining how to conserve forests by shopping
for used and antique furniture from antique stores, flea markets,
thrift stores, and garage sales. Examples:
- A can of spray paint can do wonders Refinish, paint (bonus
points for using eco-friendly paints), or reupholster used
- Look for “cradle to cradle” recycled products.
This means that after a product’s useful life is over
it’s broken down into its raw building blocks and
they are recycled or reused without loss of quality or they
are composted or consumed.
- Buying bamboo. Bamboo, one of the fastest-growing plants,
is a renewable resource and is a popular choice for eco-friendly
- Opting for natural fabrics. Cotton is generally sprayed
very heavily with pesticides while it is growing and then
bleached and treated before being dyed (often synthetic
dyes). Linen, too, is bleached with chemicals today (it
used to be left outside to fade naturally in the sun) and
also habitually dyed with synthetics. Both are generally
treated with fire-retardant finishes which can contain a
harmful formaldehyde compound.
- Buying ‘organic’ cottons, unbleached linen
or raw silk – classic go-anywhere fabrics which make
great curtains or chair covers (though note that any upholstered
furniture bought from a shop will probably contain a fireproof
- Using hessian (made from sustainable jute and hemp),
canvas or wool – as long as it is 100 per cent natural.
Most shop-bought paints are made from petrochemical derivatives
which are bad not only for the environment but for our health,
too. Many synthetic solvents, which are used to make paint
flow easily, are classified as carcinogenic; vinyl resins
such as those found in blood, and cause skin irritation. Decorators
who use these paints are prone to suffer from dermatitis,
bronchitis and asthma, or even damage to the nervous system.
Many paint manufacturers are now promoting water-based paints
as an alternative to their toxic ranges, but these are not
necessarily as eco-friendly as they seem.
- Natural paints are made from linseed oil – produced
by crushing seeds from the fully renewable crop, flax –
which is blended with other natural oils, resins and pigments,
all of which are either renewable or in plentiful supply.
Organic paints are microporous (so they shouldn’t
fake) and waterproof. Both organic emulsions and gloss paints
are available, and although they may take a little longer
to dry than conventional varieties, they are easy to use,
should not crack, and best of all, and won’t pollute
- Using plant-based dyes, solvents and fillers –
renewable resources that will biodegrade
- Materials, surfaces and woods that compliments organic
- Varieties of organic paints, stains, wood waxes, varnishes
and linseed oils.
Enlightening the public on why our local governments need
to take more action. Recycling needs to be more appealing
than just throwing things in the trash!
Presenting the factors involved:
Recycled paper, plastic, glass, tire, rubber, steel, and aluminium
products. We manufacture and imprint products using offset
printing, glass etching, foil stamping, tampographic / pad
printing, screen printing, textile imaging, and die cutting.