Each year the average U.S. citizen uses the equivalent of a tree 100 feet tall, and 18 inches in diameter (all wood fiber products such as paper, cardboard, lumber, etc.). That's 3.5 times more products than in 1970. In addition, a growing population means more consumers of wood products than ever before.
Constructing a 2,500 square-foot house needs about 15,000 board feet of lumber and wood paneling. The size of house we choose to live in, brand new or remodeled, plays an important role in the amount of wood products that we personally consume.
All of this wood comes from trees. While wood construction makes our homes safe, warm and look good, it results in cutting down trees that are far more vital to the human endeavor than we know. We’ve vastly underestimated the trees and forests, and the role they play in sustaining life. Think of them as a kind of sophisticated eco-technology.
Planting a tree to balance the depletion due to construction is one way, but is a long cycle response. There is a much shorter cycle decision you can take. Wherever you can use wood substitutes in construction.
Santa Luzia provides a great wood substitute in its decorative moldings. What is more, it provides moldings that look remarkably like the wood it saves, so you can have the look and feel of exotic trees in your living room without cutting a single one.
1. Ipe is wood found in Brazilian Amazon. Ipe refers to not one, but seven different tree species within the genus Tabebuia, all of which are native to Central and South America. Also known as trumpet trees, ipes can reach more than 100 feet high and up to 50 feet wide (at the top, with branches and leaves), and are supported by narrow trunks that are 2 to 4 feet in diameter.
You can celebrate and enjoy the look and feel of an Ipe species from Amazon in your living room, while simultaneously showing your gratitude by buying our Ipe Baseboards. Browse the product here. Click here to get a quote.
2. Silver Oak or Grevillea Robusta, commonly known as the southern silky oak, silk oak or silky oak, or Australian silver oak, is the largest species in the genus Grevillea of the family Proteaceae. It is not closely related to the true oaks, Quercus. It is a native of eastern coastal Australia, in riverine, subtropical and dry rainforest environments receiving more than 1,000 mm per year of average rainfall.
You can get a taste of the Down Under in your home right here in the United States, without harming the environment one bit, by buying Silver Oak line of baseboards from Santa Luzia. Browse the product here. Click here to get a quote.
3. Ebony is a dense black hardwood, most commonly yielded by several different species in the genus Diospyros, which also contains the persimmons. Ebony is dense enough to sink in water. It is finely-textured and has a very smooth finish when polished, making it valuable as an ornamental wood. The word ebony comes from the Ancient Egyptian hbny, through the Ancient Greek ἔβενος (ébenos), into Latin and Middle English.
You can feel like a Pharaoh by decorating your living room with the looks of this ancient tree, by buying ebony baseboards from Santa Luzia. What is more, you will also be a just Pharaoh - you would have saved the tree by buying our polystyrene moldings. Browse the product here. Click here to get a quote from us.