Our demand for wood has increased substantially throughout the years. While wood is a renewable resource, we, the human population, have been treating it less as a renewable resource and more as an inexhaustible resource. This gluttonous consumption of wood has resulted in the loss of about eighty percent of the forest cover we once had. This is an alarming amount, and it would seem pretty easy to knock that up another twenty percent, and that is why the world has to turn to a new view on wood and wood products: renewability. Rather than a sort of "cut a tree, plant a tree" method, big corporations prefer to simply bulldoze acres of forest just because it is a quick and simple solution to satisfying their demand for wood. However, if we are to preserve our forests, we need to focus on new methods that enhance the concept of trees being a renewable resource.
An innovative idea has surfaced: the idea of selecting a particular area of land and using only that land to produce and harvest lumber. This process is fairly simple: plant the trees, and once they have grown, simply cut about 50% of the trees for two purposes: extracting the lumber (for use and / or distribution), while also opening up the canopy so that sunlight can reach the remaining trees, allowing them to mature. With large tracts of land, this method could be used to make furniture and other large wooden objects. With smaller amounts of land, a company could stick to selling smaller objects. Either way, the concept of renewability and conservation of the environment is key. This method is an effective way to harvest lumber without the worry of destroying our forests.
While this method covers the issue of renewability, there are a few other things that should be considered when deciding on how to go about the harvesting of lumber in such a way. One of which is the type of wood and why. Teak wood is widely known for being extremely durable, very low maintenance, and highly adaptable. Teak is a great type of tree to harvest on a small amount of land, because its adaptability allows it to be used in more than just furniture and large indoor or outdoor objects. With the strength of teak wood, it is very understandable why people would use it in small household utilities like cutting boards. The end grain of teak wood has distinct absorbing qualities that allow it to quickly recover from knife cuts and slices. This unique durability protects the exotic beauty of the cutting boards made from the teak end grain. With larger amount of land available to a company that is utilizing a renewable technique, teak trees can be easily used for products such as boat decks and outdoor furniture. Teak is especially suited for outdoor furniture because water damage is a very small worry. In fact, use of cleaning compounds and oils tend to shorten the life of teak products. Therefore, it is almost necessary to neglect the care of products composed of teak wood.
Teak wood is obviously easily sustainable and very durable. Its strength allows it to be used for a vast amount of products, one of the best appliances being the previously mentioned cutting boards. One company has already adopted the seemingly farfetched idea of using a renewable teak plantation to fuel their lumber needs: Proteak Renewable Forestry. Since 2000, this company has been planting and harvesting teak trees and creating their renowned cutting boards from the acquired wood. They have expanded their products to furniture and kitchen products, and even have a ticking number at the top of their website to show just how much they have actually impacted the environment by capturing the CO2 emissions from burned fossil fuels. The world is changing, and we only have twenty percent of our canopy cover left. It's time to make a change, and this is just the beginning.