It takes about 50 trees to build the average house.

Some of that timber is responsibly forested. Some of it isn’t.

Rainforest timbers commonly used in timber decking, for instance, are being plundered throughout the world at a frightening rate.

Merbau is already considered an endangered species facing extinction within 35 years and some of the Merbau decking sold in Australia still comes from questionable sources.

Deforestation, particularly in the most vulnerable underdeveloped countries, is a massive problem with implications for biodiversity, local populations and climate change that are hugely worrying.

So what’s the future of wood?

For us, it’s Futurewood.

Futurewood is a highly sophisticated composite material manufactured from recycled polyolefin (plastic from post industrial waste), rice husks and recycled hardwood, which has the look and properties of timber with a host of additional benefits.

Unlike timber decking, fencing or cladding, it doesn’t need painting, oiling or staining, which are all chemically based products.

It is virtually maintenance free.

It doesn’t cup, warp or twist, and there are no knot holes or splinters.

It resists mould and water absorption, and carries a ten-year guarantee against rotting and attack from white ants or termites.

And installation is as easy as falling off a log.

If you care about the future of the planet, Futurewood is the environmentally sustainable choice you’ve been looking for. Leaving trees where they belong – in the forests.