Deck out Your Outdoor Spaces the Eco-friendly Way, Part III

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There are several options for environmentally-friendly decking materials, including recycled-content composites and reclaimed lumber. Another great option is to use lumber that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which ensures the wood has come from sustainably managed forests.  This is especially important when considering tropical hardwoods, since deforestation is a serious problem in many areas.  Sustainable harvesting practices are essential for the well-being of indigenous people, as well as for endangered species of wildlife, such as the jaguar, who count on the forests for survival.

Many wood species can be found bearing the FSC label, such as Ipe, Mahogany, Cumaru, Garape, Cedar, Tigerwood, Eucalyptus, Machiche, and Juniper.  Sources for FSC certified decking products in the United States include:

Tag(s): Green Building, The Great Green Outdoors

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