Wood can be an environmentally friendly material that is non-polluting, biodegradable and recyclable at the end of its life. However, it must be from a sustainable source and currently only about 10% of global forests are certified. Further, many products made from wood contain glues, stains, preservatives and paint that make it hard to recycle and sometimes hazardous. Reuse and upcycling is always a better option to conserve resources and prevent unnecessary waste.

Upcycled Terranium – EcoStep Design Competition entry

”nothing is created, nothing is lost, everything changes”

– Antoine Lavoisier

The story board of the project

Furniture Upcycling at Atelier D’Eco Solidaire

Upcycled Wooden Playground – EcoStep Design Competition entry

Sustainable harvesting

Sustainable harvesting can be defined as a method of harvesting that provides a constant supply of wood resources throughout the landscape, with future timber yields unaffected or improved by current harvesting methods. Ecological sustainability goes hand in hand with economic sustainability, as it maintains the stability of natural functions, populations, successional patterns and carbon storage in the forest. Foresters emulate natural disturbances with their harvesting methods to maintain these balances.

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Source: rhodeislandwoods.uri.edu

Eleni, Creation Assistant at the Atelier D’éco Solidaire in Bordeaux.

Wooden offcuts upcycled into simple garden planters

 Productions from woods

Career in furniture upcycling – Restauro (Greece)