Why Hardwoods

I was speaking to a person new to the hardwood industry the other day. This was a new contact with one of our hardwood distribution customers.

It was a great conversation and one of the questions she asked was, why should manufacturers choose solid hardwoods? It was a nice opportunity for me to highlight a few keys points!

Obviously, we believe that North American hardwoods are the right choice. It is what we do! But it goes beyond that. From our perspective, products manufactured with hardwoods are durable, attractive, signify quality, and are renewable! So, my conversation included a few key points such as these. 

Hardwoods are renewable. In the hardwood forests, trees reproduce naturally! Saplings grow amongst the forest, turning into mature trees, and are responsibly harvested when the time is right. They are not created from man-made or plastic materials.

Hardwoods are more environmentally friendly. Most people know trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen, helping to fight climate change. And that’s important! Plus, when hardwood lumber is made, all aspects of the logs are used. The lumber made goes into products that make people’s lives better! Even the residue provides benefits. The bark is generally sold to landscape contractors. Lumber chips are often sold to pulp and paper manufacturers. Even the sawdust is reused and is commonly sold to farmers for animal bedding or reused to power boilers to create new energy!

Hardwoods are more attractive. Admittedly, we are biased, but hardwoods provide a natural beauty to numerous aspects of the home that can be treasured for generations! Floors, cabinets, furniture, and more made from hardwoods bring a sense of style, warmth and comfort that has endured the test of time!

These were just a few of the reasons I gave to my new contact. I believe in them all. What others would you have added? Let us know. We would welcome the conversation!

Tony C.
The Baillie Group
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