News : Green Tips from Jewett Farms & Co.

Mar 11, 2013

This week's Green Tips come from Jewett Farms & Co., a Dover-based design, furniture and cabinet-making firm celebrating the traditional and sustainable woodworking art and craft of New England.

1. Replace that shag rug with hardwood flooring and you'll breathe easier. Carpets can hold up to eight times their weight in toxin-filled dirt. To ensure your floor was harvested sustainably, choose a Forestry Stewardship Council Certified hardwood.

2. Many hardwoods are imported from countries that do not practice active reforestation, such as Brazil and Indonesia. Look for U.S. grown hardwoods that are farmed and harvested responsibly.

3. Reclaimed antique wood flooring is a beautiful way to give new life to old hardwoods. Beams, joists and siding from turn of the century barns, factories and granaries are salvaged before these structures are demolished. Salvaging just 1,000 board feet of flooring offsets the need to harvest one acre of forest.

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