But it’s not just the beauty of reclaimed wood that makes it so attractive. When you choose reclaimed rather than virgin wood, you’re purchase has far less impact on the environment, not to mention people from the poorest countries in the world where the majority of virgin wood comes from.
In the UK, more and more designers are catching on to the trend for using reclaimed materials – a hugely positive step when you consider that as much as 3000 tonnes of recyclable wood ends up on British landfill sites or being incinerated. What’s more, the reclamation trend is creating an exciting buzz around British design as companies come up with ingenious ways to use reclaimed wood to its full advantage.
Finding Reclaimed Wood
A quick search on the internet will show you that there are hundreds of companies in the UK creating furniture with wood reclaimed from a huge range of sources, so it’s not difficult to find a reclaimed wooden table made from a 200 year old door, salvaged parquet or railway sleepers. You can opt to buy readymade reclaimed wood tables or find a designer to create a bespoke table to your exact specifications. You could even source the wood yourself!
Most companies utilising recycled or reclaimed materials will also have a vested interest in making sure their eco-friendly credentials are clear as customers who buy reclaimed wood are likely to care about where the products they buy come from, who makes them and how they are made. This means that you’ll easily be able to verify that any reclaimed wood dining table you purchase has been responsibly sourced and expertly constructed.
When you choose reclaimed wood you’re helping the environment, but you’re also growing the British design industry and inspiring young designers. Using reclaimed materials requires imagination which leads to all sorts of innovations – and with a huge volume of recyclable wood available in the UK, Europe and Asia, there’s an almost endless source of previously used wood to transform.
A few years ago when you wanted a new table you popped to your local home superstore and picked up a flat pack manufactured from composite or manmade materials. But once the shine of cheap furniture had worn off, many of us began to see that what seemed like a bargain was actually a false economy. Anyone who has ever owned a piece of solid wood furniture will know that their beauty, longevity and durability far outweighs anything that can be bought in a chain store or retail park. Whilst we may have developed a reputation as the ‘throwaway generation’, today’s purchasers don’t want cheap, poorly made and environmentally harmful furniture anymore and are choosing instead to become a ‘reclamation nation’ by injecting character, individuality and personality into their homes with reclaimed wood.