Wood You Support Sustainable Harvesting?

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Wood You Support Sustainable Harvesting?

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ElegantRoots.com, a gift boutique offering the hottest, coolest design-forward creations that also promote social justice and eco-consciousness, advocates supporting financial incentives that encourage responsible, sustainable practices toward wood resources.

Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 8:30am

Wood is one of the most practical, useful and beautiful elements on earth, suitable for everything from building construction to high-fashion jewelry. But, as with any natural resource, exploitative harvesting of wood can exact too great a price.

Rain forests around the world are being destroyed at an alarming rate,  and two of the biggest culprits are timber logging and farming. The solution? Create financial incentives for locals to preserve the rain forest. Luckily, there is growing awareness and a bigger market for sustainably harvested wood. That means wood that’s collected on a small scale by responsible harvesters, or recycled from other products.

When you look for artisan items made from sustainable wood, you support a market for alternative and responsible uses of this land. This also puts talented artists to work, doing what they love.

Here are a few awesome items we found that prove our point: Sustainable wood is fabulous!

Olivewood “S” Bowl and Service Set by Dwelling — No two pieces are alike, as the dramatic and gorgeous swirls of the olivewood are unique to each one. Hand-carved by artisans in Kenya, these sustainable Dwelling pieces make great gifts for weddings, bridal showers, cooks, foodies, domestic divas and anyone who appreciates beautiful wood pieces.

Rainforest Wood and Seed Jewelry by Rainforest Native — This versatile 3-strand bracelet and earrings set can be worn every day and is perfect for women who want to look effortlessly chic. Rainforest Native uses only organic, sustainably harvested South American materials and donates a portion of its profits to charities dedicated to conservation and reforestation.

Sterling Silver and Sathorn Wood Cufflinks by Pineapple Seed — Putting Thai artisans to work in fair-trade conditions, Pineapple Seed combines modern design concepts with traditional Thai artistry. These cufflinks are made from brushed silver and reclaimed sathorn wood in a powerful, masculine design.

Obama Inauguration Jigsaw Puzzles by Wentworth — Highest-quality puzzles made on wood certified sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council. The images were taken by Paul Morse and the puzzles created by Wentworth in the style of the Golden Age of puzzles with special pieces to match the puzzle's theme.