Sustainability - UWG

Sustainability Mission Statement

Urban Wood Goods is a Green furniture company focused on sustainability practices. Sustainability is the driving force that guides all aspects of our business including lumber sourcing, design, efficiencies in our manufacturing, and innovation. At Urban Wood Goods, using efficient sustainability practices in how we manufacture, is as important as the products we create. By supporting reclaiming and reusing, you are helping us save this character filled antique wood and take another step towards preventing deforestation. We do this to protect and restore our environment, create economic value, and support and strengthen our community by inspiring others.

Why Reclaimed?

It's the Right Thing to Do. Re-using the lumber from old homes & buildings keeps this valuable commodity in circulation rather than it ending up in landfills or burn piles.

Unsurpassed Beauty & Character. All of the wood we use is certified FSC recycled lumber, that has come out of an existing structure. It was all originally sawn from some of the first forests to be harvested in the late 1800's and early part of the 1900's. Old-growth wood has been left virtually untouched in abandoned factories and century-old homes and barns throughout the Midwest. These woods are transformed by the natural aging process.

Connection to the Past. Old-growth reclaimed wood has a unique character and feel. It reflects a past when things were done a little bit differently, and gives evidence of another purpose and life that can only be imagined--and now re-imagined as handcrafted furniture made for you.

Higher Density + Harder + Stronger = Higher Quality. The rings are closer together in old-growth lumber because trees grew slower in the denser forests where they had to fight for sunlight and water.