Reclaimed Wood is the Perfect Accompaniment to Earth Month

Earth Day, 2015 (April 22) is right around the corner, and Earth Month celebrations are popping up everywhere.

But here at EcoChic, we like to say that every day is Earth Day. That’s because when you buy reclaimed-wood furniture, you’re not just buying home furnishings; you’re doing so much for the environment. Here are just a few things you might not have considered:

  1. You’re reducing waste

Anything that can be repurposed is one less item in any landfill–or, in our case, one less piece of perfectly good wood. Although the boats we buy aren’t seaworthy anymore, they make lovely pieces of home décor. We like to think we’re breathing new life into the wood.

2. You’re taking part in a sustainable marketplace

Furniture made from salvaged boatwood might not be an infinite marketplace, but it is infinitely more sustainable. There seems to be no end to fishing boats that have outlasted their use, or, in the case of some of our furniture, bridges that have to be dismantled. In traditional furniture-making, wood is cut from fresh trees. New trees then have to be planted to replenish what we’ve taken to make the new furniture. It’s not nearly as sustainable of a model.

3. You’re paying attention to humanity’s place in sustainability.

At EcoChic, we work hard to ensure that the community from which we source our boatwood is taken care of. We’ve built factories in those communities, and hire locally, so that we can continue to give back to the community long after the wood has left the region.

How do you think you’ll celebrate Earth Month this year?

Megan Risdon

CEO EcoChic

Megan Risdon is the CEO of EcoChic Lifestyles. She was inspired to found the company when she discovered the possibilities for crafting art furniture from colorful fishing boat wood.