Resources for the Future
In the midst of today’s mass consumerism, whether you’re a die-hard tree hugger or someone who just gives a passing nod to environmental responsibility, it’s time to start thinking about sustainability—the ability to meet current demand for our natural resources without compromising the needs of future generations.
A Sustainable Specification
As you strive to identify products and materials that are more efficient and less wasteful, take a look at Kiri, a high-grade, high-performance timber from the Paulownia tree, cultivated in China and Eastern Asia. Extremely fast-growing and highly sustainable, some species can be harvested in as little as five years. The trees can then be replanted or will regenerate from their existing deep root system. This root system also allows the trees to penetrate compacted or contaminated soils to reclaim ecologically stressed land.
Trees generate oxygen through photosynthesis and help maintain the amount of water in the soil and air, reducing the risk of erosion and landslides. Sustainable timber means the forest maintains its ecological function with respect to biodiversity and climate, and brings economic benefit to local populations.
A Sensible Design
Kiri is a popular choice among wood craftsmen and furniture designers such as Sasha LaCroix, who says, “Kiri wood is praised not only for its good looks (it features a striking natural grain), but also for being lightweight, strong and durable. Kiri also magically avoids the warping that affects most woods.”
On your next design project that involves wood, consider specifying Kiri for building materials, furniture, flooring, or even the soundboard of a musical instrument. The earth will thank you.
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