High-end furniture does not have to be made from hard-wood, in fact, more efficient alternatives are taking over the market
Why should we use alternatives?
Environmentally friendly options
With plants such as Arundo having similar strengths to some types of hard-wood, fast growing plants will quickly outgrow the popularity of wood. This is an ideal scenario, as Arundo is not only more cost-efficient, but its eco-friendly character protects the environment.
Disadvantages of wood
Hard-wood is not the best choice for furniture production. Wood-destroying pests such as termites or powder-post beetles are common and damage wood beyond repair. Wood is also sensitive to environmental conditions including heat, sunlight and moisture.
Utilising alternatives for furniture production is not a mysterious subject. The technology used for compressing fibres of wood to make boards is very similar to what is used for alternatives. There is no need for major investments to prepare wood alternatives.