We are looking at wooden patio furniture and are trying to determine what the most sustainable would wood be.

Asked by Andrea Santarsiere
Victor, ID

Our choices are between eucalyptus (I read there is a lawsuit over eucalyptus growing farms) and teak. Are either of these sustainable? Would you recommend something different? Thanks!


Jason Kliwinski

Answered by Jason Kliwinski

Lambertville, NJ

The Green Living and Building Center

May 10, 2013

They are both exotic hardwoods and not typically considered sustainable. However, teak is used because of its inate ability to handle moisture

My recommendation if you want this look and type of furniture is to make sure that it is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.

Alternately look at:

  • wicker,
  • recycled plastic (often looks like wood), or
  • another species of sustainably harvested wood with a low VOC finish.

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