I’m looking at getting a new wooden gate installed. One of the suppliers I contacted had a large ad offering meranti gates.
I know little about wood, just that meranti is quite sought after, but something rang a bell about meranti. I was interested in where meranti comes from, whether it’s a sustainably harvested, or whether buyers are effectively chopping down the rainforest for their garden furniture.
As it turns out, meranti is one of the woods that Greenpeace suggests avoiding at all costs (note – the link is annoying Flash file, noisy, and difficult to navigate) as it’s almost entirely harvested unsustainably from the South-East Asian tropical forests.
Meranti wood isn’t yet quite up there with 4×4’s and McDonalds as things you can do to destroy the planet in the awareness of most people, but I’m sure that can change soon 🙂