Why do 3Rs Instead of New?

Updated: Jun 13, 2018

18 million acres of forest are cut down each year [1]

Forests cover about 30% of the planet and are home to thousands of different species; however, deforestation is reducing these habitats at a rapid scale [1]. The forestry and agricultural sectors account for the one of the highest amounts of global greenhouse gas emissions [2]. With the high demand of lumber and the mass production of goods, millions of trees must be cut down resulting in about 4-6 thousand rain forest species going extinct each year [3]. For most of us, we never even consider how our normal lifestyle may be affecting the planet we call home. Sea levels continue to rise 3.2 millimeters a year, global temperatures have increased about 2.5°C, and natural disasters continue to ravage our planet with massive droughts, floods, tsunamis, etc [4]. With this knowledge, we must take action and try to make an effort to preserve our world.

The 3Rs consist of reclaimed, recovered and rescued wood. Reclaimed wood most often comes from timbers and decking from old barns, factories or warehouses. Recovered wood can be found at the bottom of rivers lakes and old harbor wharfs. Lastly, rescued wood comes from trees that have been designated for removal due to safety concerns. The 3Rs is a sustainable alternative that has a positive impact on the environment. Instead of contributing to the harvest of millions of new trees and the continued depletion of forests, you can make the choice of reclaiming, recovering or rescuing your wood. By investing a small amount of your money and time you are able to get custom woodwork created for you that is rich in historic value. Each piece of locally sourced woodwork has a different story to tell time and time again. With vintage character and a unique style, homeowners are able to add some originality and tradition to their homes.

Work Cited[1] Bradford, Alina. "Deforestation: Facts, Causes & Effects." LiveScience. Purch, 03 Apr. 2018. Web. <https://www.livescience.com/27692-deforestation.html>.[2] "Deforestation and Its Effect on the Planet." National Geographic. National Geographic, 25 July 2017. Web. <https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation/#close>.[3] "Extinction of Rainforest Species Slows Future Growth." RainforestMaker. N.p., n.d. Web. <https://www.rainforestmaker.org/extinction-of-rainforest-species-slows-future-growth.html>.[4] "Global Climate Change: Effects." NASA. NASA, 27 Feb. 2018. Web.<https://climate.nasa.gov/effects/>.
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