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DO I DARE EAT THAT BANANA?
WHAT TO AVOID TO SPARE THE RAINFORESTS
WHAT TO DO
Woods such as mahogany, tropical plywood (sometimes called
lauan or meranti in the stores), teak, ipê, greenheart, ekki,
ramin, wenge, cocobolo, zebrawood and padauk are all highly
detrimental to the rainforests. Demand for these species is
driving devastating logging, both legal and illegal, throughout
the rainforests of the world. Logging is the number one cause
of rainforest destruction in S.E. Asia. Philippines is now 80%
deforested, Thailand, 80%, and two Malaysian states, 50%, all
for logging for plywood. The US is the second largest importer
of tropical hardwoods. The plywood is used for paneling, door
skins, sub-flooring and sub-roofing, furniture backing and
picture frame backing. The other woods are found mostly in
furniture (all), futons (mahogany, ramin) but also in musical
instruments (ebony, mahogany), picture frames (teak,
rosewood, ramin), and even tool handles (ramin).
Avoid any wood product that
you cannot identify as
domestic and second growth.
For plywood, use domestic
softwood plywood (pine and
spruce) or hardwood plywood
(maple, beech and birch).
Avoid tools with wooden
handles unless they are oak,
ash or hickory. Buy used
furniture or antiques. Always
ask if any tropical woods are
independently certified, such
as SmartWood™. These are
okay to buy.
The largest cause of deforestation in Central America. The US
is the largest importer