12 Jan '14, 7am
Kebonization Process Creates an Alternative to Tropical Hardwoods via @jetsongreen
The photograph above may not be what you would expect. The outdoor bench in this detail is not made from an unsustainably harvested tropical hardwood. The wood itself is actually maple, a widely available species that can be farmed and harvested without ripping up acres of rainforest. But maple and many other similar woods are too susceptible to decay and rot when used unprotected outdoors. The usual alternative has been treatment with chemical pressure treatment. Now, through a method called kebonization, a Norwegian company, Kebony ASA , treats soft woods in a non-toxic process that allows readily available woods to be used for outdoor uses.