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Sustainable Wood: Designing a Responsible and Environmentally-Friendly Home

Eco-friendly wood being in high demand these days is no surprise as people are getting more and more aware of the current ecological issues. Well, the 21st century has been an eye-opener that we are no longer breathing the same air as before. Just look around you. Can you even tell how the Earth looks like years back then?


We are living in the modern world. And what you see today is completely normal. What’s very alarming is that most of us are being consumed and promptly becoming fond of the convenience offered by synthetic goods. 


However, it’s quite a relief to know that a large fraction is making an effort to preserve this precious planet – starting from their homes. 



Promoting Sustainability at Home

There’s this interior styling trend where contemporary design is being infused with rustic and natural elements. As for my observation, different regions from around the world are hooked to this style. It is one good milestone in the field of interior design – people welcoming greener decors in their homes.


Do you want to follow this trend? Start by choosing furniture and home decors that are made out of natural wood. 



Recognizing the Difference Between Natural and Artificial Wood

Actually, you can easily spot the difference just by looking at it. However, it can get tricky at times because they may look the same. Below are some key points that will help you determine which one’s natural or artificial.


  • Examine the Wood Patterns
  • Real wood owns unique patterns. If the patterns on furniture or any wood product look the same and seem repeating, then you’re looking at an engineered wood. 

     

  • Take a Closer Look at its Color
  • Wood processes can alter its natural color making it quite a bit trickier to determine if it’s solid wood or not. But, if you will look closer, genuine wood tends to take stain very well.

     

  • Consider the Weight and Hardness
  • Take into consideration the weight and hardness of the wood. Real wood tends to have more weight compared to artificial wood. Plus, the sound when you knock on the wood will also help determine if it’s solid or not – you can easily tell the difference.



    What is Sustainable Wood and Which One Should I Get?

    Managed forests and plantations produce sustainable woods. Defining sustainability, it simply means saving trees for the future generation – soaking up carbon emissions, providing clean air, and giving shelter to wildlife. The idea is to cut old trees for production and plant a new one in return. And the cycle continues.


    Some leading manufacturers already start embracing sustainable wood products, take IKEA as an example.


    Talking about which wood to choose, there are a lot of options. You can go for oak, pine, teak, walnut, and more.


    But Mango Wood is our best choice.



    Why Mango Wood?

    LuxeDesigns Co features world-class quality products which are intricately handcrafted by India’s finest Artisans. When we talk about India, we are talking about premium woodworks that are not only visually appealing but are also environmental-friendly.


    Just a little trivia; Did you know that half of the world’s mangoes are cultivated in India?


    And since these trees stop bearing fruits when they reach 20 years, we have conceptualized to use their wood in crafting a variety of wood decor pieces ranging from trays to furniture. All products are sourced with more FSC®-certified, recycled & upcycled materials, resulting in minimal waste.



    Advantages of Mango Wood Material

    Mango Wood is a great material choice as it is also classified as a hardwood. It is as strong as cherry or ash wood – ranking 1070 on the Janka hardness scale. Plus:

    • It is water-resistant.
    • It is a great alternative to expensive woods such as oak and teak.
    • It is readily available as it grows abundantly.
    • It is sturdy and low-maintenance.
    • It eliminates insect and fungus attack when dried and treated.


    Mango Wood Processing

    The wood is first sorted according to variety in an open-air warehouse. It is carefully sanded and prepped before the carving procedure. 


    Once the shape is carved, the Artisans then use a pedal-powered machine to create more precision incisions. Right after that, the wood is whitewashed or painted accordingly.


    As a finishing touch, Artisans use to add brass or other metal to create a contrast to the wood.



    Ditching Synthetic Woods

    We can’t deny the fact that engineered wood is also as useful as real wood. But, there are a lot of advantages we can get from choosing naturally-sourced products. They don’t just add natural beauty to our homes, but they also promote environmental awareness. That’s part of our mission at LuxeDesigns Co.