With all the new trends in the world regarding environment preservation we normally could question if we are contributing to global warming by purchasing determined items for our personal use or household. Furniture is one of the most important ones as they are a long-term acquisition as well as the materials used in their production. Costa Rica has for about 25 years been growing extensive plantations of very well adapted species of Wood that nowadays are used in most of the locally made furniture and those are excellent news for a country that decided to preserve 30% of its land with legislation to create national parks and biological reserves. At the beginning of this preservation initiative and because reforested wood plantations were not yet mature enough, illegal lumbering took place in many areas of the country.
Eco friendly furniture in Costa Rica
Today, Costa Rica boasts one of the largest plantations of Melina, a strong, light-colored, even-grained wood that is naturally insect resistant, easy to work, and which accepts stains and finishes well. It is a fast growing tree which can be harvested at different stages of its 14 year mature growth cycle, for varied markets.Also, Teak plantations are among the most important for furniture purposes for the beauty and resistence to weather extremes, mostly found in tropical countries. But maybe one of the most important issues when thinking of environmentally friendly or Eco friendly furniture in Costa Rica is the fact that an important portion is produced by small manufacturers scattered all over the Central Valley. These people have learned their skills from generation to generation and involve complete families that contribute to the family income by working in the shop.This, is also called “fair-trade”, when the buyer looks into the way the item to be purchased was produced. And this gives an article an incredible added value, not just in raw materials but in the way a society that seeks to benefit most of their population through service accessibility such as global healthcare and education.Among the most important features of furniture produced with reforested Woods is that it mostly kiln dried, which will prevent from cracking if taken to dry areas like the beach areas, where most people are furnishing their home units. Another advantage is the great possibilities this type of wood will allow the manufacturer when wanting to reproduce styles of furniture that clients want to custom make. So next time you think about buying furniture in Costa Rica remember to inquire about manufacturing practices as well as the name of the Woods. If you hear the names Melina or Teak, definitely you are getting a piece of furniture produced with reforested Woods, meaning you are contributing to preserve the planet through cultivated wood plantations.