The Environmental Benefits of Reclaimed Wood Furniture: Green is the New Black, Baby

Over the past several years, we’ve seen a growing trend when it comes to virtually every aspect of our lives. Whether it’s our diets, our modes of transportation, or our homes, we are all becoming more socially and environmentally conscious. Suddenly we see that green is the new black, and nothing is more fashionable than sustainability, even when it comes to the furniture in our homes.

If you’re in the market for new furniture, now is the perfect time to opt for a green solution like reclaimed wood furniture. Here are just a few reasons why reclaimed wood furniture is a fashionable and environmentally friendly option for your home.

Using Reclaimed Wood Preserves Natural Resources

Reclaimed wood furniture is environmentally responsible because preserves our natural timber resources for future uses. The growing popularity of reclaimed wood furniture has resulted in a decline in the need for new logging, meaning our current forests are safe from cultivation for several more years. Trees that have more time to grow become more durable, which results in higher quality timber when it comes time to log them. This higher quality timber lasts longer and offers greater versatility, which extends the lifetime and functionality of the lumber that we use for years to come.

Reclaimed Wood Creates Less Waste and Fewer Watershed Toxins

The lumber that is used in some reclaimed wood furniture is sourced from existing products, such as sheds, barns, and other structures. EcoChic uses reclaimed wood from fishing boats. Repurposing this wood for future uses reduces the amount of lumber that is discarded. Often, the wood that comes from sheds, barns, and boats is very durable and has yet to reach the end of its useful lifespan, making it ideal for reclaimed wood furniture. Because this wood has already been harvested and treated, using it for furniture reduces need for refining chemicals that are often used in the lumber production process. This means the lumber industry uses fewer harmful chemicals that can leach into the soil or water and pollute the watershed.

The Rustic Look: Fewer Paints and Stains

With reclaimed wood furniture on the rise in virtually every interior decorating and design magazine around North America, we see the popularity of a “rustic” look taking hold of this realm. Since reclaimed wood has the tendency to provide a raw or antique aesthetic that is generally not very uniform in tone or texture, and since this is considered a trendy look that many homeowners wish to achieve, there is no need to use paints, stains and other chemicals to refine reclaimed wood. Each of these chemical treating agents has a negative effect on our environment, and therefore the need and use of fewer chemicals is a significant benefit when it comes to sustainability.

When we make decisions that have a beneficial effect on not only our lives, but also the health of our atmosphere and environment, we can have a clear conscience in knowing we chose right. Choosing eco-friendly options is the new way of life, and EcoChic Lifestyles is proud to join that movement as a sustainable company. Whether it’s the small, daily choices, or the larger decisions like furnishing our homes, the message is certainly clear: green is the new black. Go green with reclaimed wood furniture and opt for a beautiful and socially responsible home.

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.