‘Going to the wood’

Sprucing up your home, the sustainable way

A growing number of houses and buildings opt to use wood in unconventional applications, lending warmth and personality to these structures. This interest in wood also comes with a growing consciousness for the environment, as wood is, hands down, the most ecologically-viable of all construction materials. 

‘Going to the wood’

Though wood is making headway outside our homes and offices, the interior is an altogether different subject. The predominant aesthetic trend favors materials such as steel, glass, marble, and ceramic products. 

But what many fail to see is the fact that wood is charming, functional, and most importantly, timeless. Here are five reasons why wooden furniture is the perfect match if you want to spruce up your home.


There’s no denying the long-lasting and robust qualities of wood. If you’re

looking for a piece of furniture that can last up to the next generation, then wooden furniture is perfect for you. Longevity and stability are two of the main components of wooden furniture, which means that you get excellent value for your money.

‘Going to the wood’


It’s easy and simple to maintain wooden furniture; all you have to do to clean dirt or stains is to simply wipe them away with a cloth. Occasionally and only in special cases should you have to wax, oil, or polish it, which are also undemanding processes.

While wooden furniture may cost a bit higher than furniture made from other materials, it also promises uncompromised quality. It is a commendable investment because once you purchase it, you only need little effort to maintain. Whether you opt for hardwood or softwood, wood has innate stability that will make it last.


Wood can be dressed up for any purpose. Be it modern or rustic, wood can blend in well indoors or outdoors. The wide range of wood tones also enable variety, providing options for different needs. If you’re buying from a craftsman, you can have it customized to your liking to ensure a one-of-a-kind piece. These just show that wherever you wish to put wood, it is adaptable and would bring seamless grace to your home.


With the right set-up, a simple piece of wooden furniture can add charm and even opulence to your home. Varieties of wood like mahogany, molave, and acacia can promote a sense of oneness with nature. The organic feel of wood can even help ease the mind and relax the senses.

‘Going to the wood’


There is no more ecologically sound way to furnish your home than acquiring wooden furniture. Responsibly sourced wood is actually the only renewable furniture material today, which means trees that were harvested can possibly be replenished for new growth--100% biodegradable, to put simply. 

More importantly, the tree itself absorbs carbon dioxide, and the absorbed carbon remains stored even when wood is cut. It will not be released back to the atmosphere unless the wood decomposes or gets burnt, therefore contributing to the health of the environment. 

As the world continues to make greener choices and opt for sustainable living, building a home that is eco-friendly should be a no-brainer because it doesn’t just benefit Mother Earth but your entire household as well. A wooden touch can instantly add the organic, homely, and welcoming feel into your home and ultimately reflect combined aesthetic and structural integrity that other materials cannot offer.

‘Going to the wood’


The Philippine Wood Producers Association (PWPA) is the national association of companies, corporations, partnerships, and individuals involved in forest management. Through events such as the annual Philippine Wood Expo, it promotes the sustainable management of natural and plantation forests that will increase their capacity to supply the wood requirement and enhance their capacity to provide ecological balance for the country. 

Topics: Philippine Wood Producers Association , interior , home , design
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