Wood has been around since the olden days, serving as a material for building homes or furniture, fuel for heating or cooking, and other practical uses. Until now, it remains a material of choice to people because it is a sustainable resource – as long as trees grow, wood will never run out.
A study by the US Journal of Forestry shows a closer look at how people use wood in the 21st century.
Furniture maker Miskas Wood Products reveals that Pine tongue and groove flooring or any furniture made from other tree types are still in demand. People attribute this to the rather inexpensive nature of wooden products compared to other materials for home decor.
And wood has a high aesthetic value, as pieces of furniture made from this material look elegant and posh.
Paper is arguably one of the biggest contributions of wood in human civilization. Without paper, we probably wouldn’t be as literate or modernized as we are right now. Paper is still in use in the corporate world, in education, and in publishing for reading and publications purposes.
Biofuel or fuel derived from living matter includes wood. Rural communities who have no access to modern heating or cooking appliances use wood for these domestic purposes.
Wooden spoons, forks, and chopsticks remain are still in demand, even though stainless steel utensils have been introduced in the market. Some people still prefer the feel of wooden utensils when eating, cooking, and baking.
In summary, the use of wood by human civilization goes a long way back. Until now, people use this resource because it is sustainable for purposes of heating, eating, reading, or writing. Wood has proven to be a valuable resource that branches out to an array of utility for society.