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Sustainability and Reclaimed Wood

Posted on October 25, 2016

Sustainability is the idea of using materials found in nature in a way that is less or least harmful to the environment. It’s a balance of limiting any possible damages through the use of ecologically safe practice to secure the future of the environment around us while manufacturing a product. Being “green” refers to those of us who focus their efforts on producing such a product – with this global awareness at the forefront of their production.

Here at Padma’s Plantation we take that effort very seriously.  Truth is, most of our items are sustainable in some way or another.  When we first started our business, all our products were produced with Sustainable natural materials such as Rattan, Abaca, Sea-grass, Bamboo and Water Hyacinth.  As we grew into case goods, we focused mostly in Reclaimed woods.

Reclaimed wood was a natural fit for us.  Not only because it is Eco-Friendly but also for its Texture and Feel:  Less refined, more Lived-in and definitely more Unique.  When you buy one of our Reclaimed wood Designs you know it won’t be exactly as the next:  it can’t be—the wood probably came from different houses, farms or old buildings.

There are many different ways that Reclaimed wood is Eco-friendly and sustainable.  The most obvious of all is that it is Recycled wood.  All over the world, Old homes are being demolished and replaced with newer ones.  Using the wood from those old homes prevents the wood from ending in a landfill. At the same time, if you are using reclaimed wood, you are not causing the destruction of precious ecosystems or exerting pressure for overharvesting of new wood resources.

Another way that our Reclaimed wood is Eco-Friendly is that we source all the materials locally - where they are being manufactured.  Doing this dramatically reduces our Carbon Footprint by preventing us having to transport the raw materials for  long distances.  A carbon footprint is defined as: The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide.

When you buy a Reclaimed wood item, you are getting a little bit of history plus a lot of character, uniqueness while doing your part for the environment.  You should feel good about it!  

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