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Recycled Pine Furniture, What You Need to Know

One of our new favorite furniture looks is furniture made from recycled woods. I love that a recycled wood piece of furniture has a natural old and worn look.

Reclaimed and recycled wood may seem to be the same thing but they are not exactly the same. Recycled wood is wood that would have otherwise been discarded or not used. Wood is a naturally sustainable material as it can be regrown and replaced. There are a variety of furniture shapes and styles that can be used to make recycled pine furniture.

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Recycled Pinewood Cabinet (Vietnam)

What Is The Difference Between Reclaimed and Recycled (Sustainable) Wood?

Though the two may be interchangeably used there is a difference between reclaimed and recycled wood. There is a lot of confusion as to what is really considered reclaimed and what is recycled.

The definition of reclaimed wood is:

“Reclaimed Wood or Lumber has a past and has been used for buildings and structures from the 18th to the early 20th century. The wood is recycled and reused to meet today’s ever-growing need for sustainable and eco-friendly homes and businesses.

Reclaimed wood shouldn´t be confused with salvaged wood, which has been cut and stored for several years, but not used for any form of construction.”

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Reclaimed wood is wood that was once used in mainly older buildings. Usually, these are buildings that were going to be torn down to make way for new construction. Many of these buildings are old houses, old barns, and older office buildings. The wood is then taken off these buildings and used again for a purpose like a furniture piece or flooring. One of the major ways reclaimed wood is used is with flooring.

Recycled wood is also called sustainable wood and is very similar to reclaimed wood but recycled is usually a newer wood that would normally have been wasted timber or discarded. The definition of recycled or sustainable wood is:

“Timber recycling or wood recycling is the process of turning waste timber into usable products. Recycling timber is a practice that was popularized in the early 1990s as issues such as deforestation and climate change prompted both timber suppliers and consumers to turn to a more sustainable timber source. Recycling timber is the environmentally friendliest form of timber production and is very common in countries such as Australia and New Zealand where supplies of old wooden structures are plentiful.”


Recycled timber is also known as sustainable wood. The reason is that this is wood or timber that would otherwise be discarded or not used, so this is what makes recycled wood also sustainable wood.

Sustainability Of Wood

All wood is considered to be sustainable as wood can be regrown and replaced. In speaking of how wood is considered a sustainable material, Swedish Wood has said:

“Wood is a versatile raw material and the only renewable construction material. Wooden structures are usually characterised by a combination of different components that together deliver the best possible load-bearing capacity, thermal, acoustic and moisture insulation, fire resistance and a long service life.”

Swedish Wood

But some woods are more sustainable than other woods. For example, pine, which is a softwood is considered to be a very sustainable wood when it is cut down to be used as it grows faster than many other hardwoods.

Recycled Pinewood
Recycled pinewood chest, A close up to the drawer to see the wood pattern on the top drawer.

Recycled Wood is Very Sustainable

Since wood itself is sustainable, recycled wood would then be in the category to be very sustainable. The meaning of the sustainable in the Cambridge Dictionary is:

“…ausing little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time.”

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Recycled wood fits into all these categories because:

  • No wood is cut down – No wood is cut down as the recycled wood is wood that was used for another purpose and now reused again.
  • No damage to the environment – In using recycled wood there is no damage to the environment.
  • Continued use for a long time – Recycled furniture is a product that is can be used for a long period. With proper care, the furniture pieces can be used for many years, even generations.

Recycled (Sustainable) Pinewood

We produce recycled (sustainable) pinewood. This wood is collected from a variety of sources and then clean and prepared so that it is ready to be manufactured into furniture pieces. The wood can be combined with metal or other material or also be a solid wood piece

Here are some of the major furniture pieces that can be made out of recycled pinewood furniture.

  • Coffee and Side Tables – One of the major ways recycled pine is used for a variety of shapes and sizes of coffee and side tables.
  • Dressers and Cabinets – Many dressers and cabinets are made out of recycled wood furniture. For some of these, the drawer fronts can even have a pattern on them which is also made out of the recycled pinewood.
  • Sideboards and side tables – The recycled pine can be used for sideboards and side tables.
  • Bedroom sets – The recycled pine can also be used for bedroom sets.
  • Dining Tables and other sets – The recycled pine can be used for dining tables and other dining room furniture.

You can choose the recycled pine as it is a wonderful way to not only get a great look for your furniture pieces but to also choose a material that is sustainable in every way.

Recycled and sustainable furniture is a great way to tell the world that you care about the environment. That you are choosing to have a product in your collection that is not only beautiful, but you are also willing to use wood that would have otherwise been discarded and not used.

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