At Zenporium, we design and build furniture using Guilt-Free-Wood ™ which means it’s either reclaimed, salvaged or sustainably-harvested.
You probably hear these terms all the time, maybe you even look for them when shopping, but many don’t know the difference between those terms. We’ve noticed that even some folks in the business use the terms reclaimed and salvaged wood interchangeably, perhaps without knowing the difference. Here’s a quick 101 on these 3 terms.
Reclaimed wood is that which is derived from a pre-existing man-made structures. This wood may have come from an old house, a boat, barn or an industrial building. When you break apart an old dresser and use its panels to build a bookshelf, you are reclaiming the wood.
Salvaged wood, on the other hand is a byproduct of the recent agricultural or industrial use of wood. Such wood may have come from unwanted trees from a coffee plantation, subterranean tree roots abandoned by those who harvested the trees for their trunks, or from discarded byproducts of the wood milling industry. Our teak root collection is a good example of salvaged wood furniture.
While different by definition, the reclamation and salvaging of wood share an underlying similarity in that they grant new life to materials otherwise destined for waste. The processes of reclamation and salvaging offer a more environmentally-sustainable alternative to cutting down live trees in order to build furniture.
Sustainably Harvested Wood
Sustainably harvested wood is wood that comes from well-managed forests as determined by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international, independent, non-governmental and not-for-profit organization that sets the international standards and principles for responsible forest management. These principles cover everything from environmental impact to respecting rights of indigenous peoples, and other local communities and their workers.
We really care about the environment and always adhere to the strictest standards when it comes to sourcing our materials and building our furniture. We know that you care too, and we want to share some of the best-practises for sustainable furniture building with you. Because the more we collectively know, the higher the standards we can set for the industry.