Below is a guest post by Joe Mitchoff, co-founder of Viridian Reclaimed Wood. Viridian provides eco-friendly, unique and affordable reclaimed wood flooring, veneer, paneling, tables and counters to cities across the nation. The Viridian team is committed to finding the best use for every stick of wood we reclaim to reduce demand for new lumber.
Of all the materials that you can reuse, wood isn’t always at the top of list. After all, it doesn’t have a number within a triangular recycle symbol on it. The truth is that landfills are full of wood products that are perfectly usable. By salvaging the wood before it goes to the dump, you get a new product (like reclaimed wood flooring), reduce deforestation and help the environment.
What is Reclaimed Wood?
Reclaimed wood is perfectly good lumber that is salvaged instead of sent to a landfill. For example, when you obtain a wooden shipping pallet that a warehouse was going to throw away and reuse it for another purpose, you reclaim the wood. On the DIY level, you may use reclaimed wood for crafts and home projects. Professional lumber salvagers turn the lumber that they save from the landfill to make items like reclaimed wood paneling or hardwood floors.
The Wood Reclamation Process
The reclaiming process begins with finding a source of lumber. Such sources can include old barns, wine casks, water towers, boats, shipping crates, gym bleachers, the decks in shipping containers, buildings destroyed in natural disasters, gym bleachers and so on.