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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 Council (FSC).
  • Looking for "reclaimed" or "recycled" wood products.
  • 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 furniture
  • 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 decorating.
  • 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 element).
  • 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 indoor air.
  • Using plant-based dyes, solvents and fillers – renewable resources that will biodegrade
  • Materials, surfaces and woods that compliments organic paints
  • 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:
Features:
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.