EU to Pass Stricter Regulations on Hardwood Product Imports
It should be no surprise that lots of furniture, especially garden furniture, is made of hardwood. However, what many consumers don't know is that much of this hardwood is of the tropical variety that has been harvested by practices that are anything but sustainable. The truth of the matter is that some of the hardwood used in outdoor furniture comes from rainforests in the Amazon and Southeast Asia that are not only being over-harvested, are being done so by means of slash 'n burn techniques that contribute to global warming. In fact, deforestation accounts for one-fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions, and is one of the foremost causes of global warming. The good news is that, amidst a growing "go green" consciousness, more suppliers and retailers are beginning to label sustainable hardwood outdoor furniture as such. Even though it can be more expensive than furniture made from illegally harvested rainforest hardwood, paying the higher financial price is worth the health of our global environment. Besides, the EU may just be doing something to help with that. Stay tuned and buy your hardwood furniture consciously.