Was wondering if anyone has come across articles on composites that may be replacing wood in the not too distant future to save the poor trees? I’ve been reading tons of info on the reclaimed movement, but am wondering where the future is wood substitutes is going.
Bamboo… . technically a grass, grows, in some locales, up to a foot a day, and is considered “sustainable”.
Stripped, and laminated into dimensional products; plywood, flooring, structural members.
It’s even being used in a motorcycle helmet:
One of my friends is working for a company that distributes these guitars. They are pretty interesting because they look like molded paper pulp but feel like a fine finished hardwood.
Remember “saving” trees by using other materials is not always a good thing. The cost, both financial and environmental of extracting or mining alternatives may be quite high. The key to saving any resource is to use less and reduce the percentage of waste.
Google Parallel Strand Lumber, like Bamboo its made with material that was once considered worthless (at least to us westerners). Its made of hundreds of small twigs, branches or fast growing tree species compressed together to make almost any size/length beam or wall stud. The real trick is they are stronger than conventional beams and don’t warp.
Thanks for the replies. Those were interesting. Reclaimed furniture as a building material is really popular with furniture makers in Brooklyn, NY. OSB, the strand board, is being used a lot too over here. Wish the green council or some service would have a list of green alternatives for building with wood. (Bamboo is great but is $$$$$)
here are some wood composite I found:
Kirei offers composites made with wheat stalks, coconut shells and bamboo:
Here is one example of a sunflower seed composite board: