Ipe and the Environment


It’s become a word we use in everyday life: “Green.” We’re not talking about Kermit the Frog, we’re getting into the environment. Being a friend of the Earth is important!

Why was the word “green” picked? It goes back to the early ‘80’s and it was an abbreviated way to describe a political movement — The Green Party.

Don’t think being green when building a deck, fence or putting in a new hardwood floor it has anything to do with peace movements. However, it has everything to do with being kind to the environment. And, guess what, you’re part of the environment. So, consider going green as a way of being kind to yourself.

What Does Wikipedia Say About Green?

We like using this Internet resource because it mostly tells it like it is. Here’s their take:

“Environmental history emerged in the United States out of the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and much of its impetus still stems from present-day global environmental concerns. The field was founded on conservation issues but has broadened in scope to include more general social and scientific history and may deal with cities, population or sustainable development. As all history occurs in the natural world, environmental history tends to focus on particular time-scales, geographic regions, or key themes. It is also a strongly multidisciplinary subject that draws widely on both the humanities and natural science.”

Today, we’re going to explain just why the hardwood ipe (EE-pay) is considered to be extremely green.

Be Smart, Be Green, Pick Ipe

A key thing that makes ipe so green is that it is what ecologists call sustainable. Basically, it is a product which doesn’t get Mother Nature’s seal of disapproval.

Timbertown Austin follows the highly regarded Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) ensuring that when you purchase the hardwood from us you can take this to the bank: Ipe is sustainable and certified. No rainforests were hurt in the making of this film.

FSC Forestry Logo

Why is FSC Ipe so Sustainable?

Frankly, there are some strict rules that need to be followed. Lots of regulations that protect you as a consumer when it comes down to monitoring how ipê is cultivated and harvested. Another deposit in the bank: The FSC Chain of Custody hires full-time agents to keep watch of the whole process — from when seedlings are placed in the ground, to milling the ipe. All the way to getting the finished product to where you plan you use it.

And it also is quite common for the Forest Stewardship Council to guide a lumber company with this credo. “In order to harvest this FSC ipe, you will need to plant tigerwood, cumaru and some garapa in certain designated areas.” Balanced growth.

Your Bottom Line

When you buy ipe from Timbertown Austin that’s been stamped “O.K.” by the FSC, ipe decking, ipe flooring or for any use, we can demonstrate you’re not buying into a fad. Yet another reason to ask if the wood has received the blessing of organizations, like the FSC.

Timbertown Austin proudly wears our “green-ness” as a badge of honor. As they used to say in the margarine commercial, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.” A lesson well-learned by us, even though ipe is about a million time harder than margarine.

Original Source: http://timbertownaustin.com/learning-center/ipe-and-the-environment

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