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The First Step to Creating an Eco-Friendly Home

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 70% of tropical deforestation due to agricultural clearing is precipitated by logging and mining roads. Experts predict the remaining rainforest could be gone within 40 years if the destruction continues at the same rate. Alarmingly, the United States is the largest importer of tropical wood, and you may not know it, but this isn’t something we should be proud of. By harvesting tropical wood, we destroy rainforests around the world when it just isn’t necessary. The habitats of animals living in rainforests are being destroyed, and these impacts could all be reduced with a few smart decisions. It all starts in each of our households…

The first step in creating an eco-friendly home is to avoid purchasing goods that utilize tropical wood at all. Buy locally, and buy intelligently to make sure that your furniture has the high quality that lasts generations. At Epoch Design, we care about the environment, and all of our pieces are sourced entirely from non-tropical woods, including renewable resources like bamboo. What’s more, to encourage local buying, we offer customers in Washington and Oregon a discount, because shorter shipping distances means a decreased carbon footprint, and creating a lasting impact is what we here at Epoch Design are all about.

Posted by Robert Jennings

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