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10 Materials That Could Replace Wood One Day

5. Soy

No, you canít build walls out of tofu, but soy is another immensely useful plant that is used for insulation, carpet backing, paint strippers and more. While soy fibers may not be a substitute for wood, soy can make traditional wood products safer. Soy-based chemicals can replace the potentially dangerous formaldehyde, glues and other solvents.

6. Cork

Cork is made with bark rather than the core of a tree. That means it re-grows faster and is more sustainable in some ways than many traditional wood products. It is a popular flooring material, and is growing into other areas of construction and remodeling.

7. Cardboard

Cardboard construction isnít just for kids. A couple of plywood substitutes on the market are made primarily with recycled cardboard.

8. Newspaper

Similarly, recycled newspaper is being used to create fiberboard products for roof decking and much more. For example, Homasote is a New Jersey company that claims to recycle up to 250 tons of newspaper each day into construction materials.

9. Nutshells

Maderon is a recyclable Spanish furniture-building material made primarily of crushed almond, hazelnut and walnut shells. The shells are ground into a paste, then mixed with resin and molded into chairs and other furniture.

10. Straw

Look closely at plywood. The fibers look a lot like straw, so itís no stretch to imagine particleboard from a variety of straw varieties, including wheat, oat and flax straw. All these are available and useful alternatives to traditional pressed wood products.

Related:
How to Find Sustainable Wood Sources
Building with Hemp
The Wonders of Bamboo
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10:57PM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

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11:03PM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

Great list! Thanks for sharing!

12:33PM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Noted with interest.

11:48AM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

Thank you for the interesting article

11:16AM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

noted

9:19AM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

Whatevers sustainable.

8:49AM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

The only way I'd consider plastic is if it was recycled. Haven't really looked up much about hemp, but it's definitely on the radar now!

8:56AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

It would help more to just cut back on the size of our living spaces. Then when we do build or expand use recycled lumbers. in my town it is against the building codes to use recycled lumber in the framing of any buildings which is a total waist they should be forcing the recycling of all construction materials.

4:04PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

Hmmm . . . several of these products are mixed with some kind of resin. What are these resins made from?

NO to plastic - composite, on its own or otherwise!!!

Fibreboard is highly dubious. It exudes toxic fumes.

12:02PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

May that day come soon.

Save our trees!

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