Next time you are planning on replacing that wooden bench or picnic set, consider the benefits of buying a similar product made from plastic.
We recently delivered a plastic bench and coffee table to clients in Pringle Bay. This was to replace a wooden bench they had purchased to use on their deck to enjoy the beautiful view over the vlei that leads down to the beach. The wooden bench was bought only four years ago and was unsalvageable, despite being meticulously taken care of – bi-annual sanding and re-painting still resulted in the wood rotting and in some places, becoming so spongy that it was not safe to sit upon.
At the same time that this bench was purchased, our clients bought a similar bench for their garden, in memory of their mother who had passed away. The plastic bench looked like it had been bought – the colour was still bright with no signs of any degradation. A purchase that will certainly last a lifetime, requiring little maintenance and certain to last for many years to come.
Our clients were so happy with their bench and coffee table that they have ordered another one!
Forests and woodlands play a key role in maintaining the environment. Forests and woodlands are crucial to the protection and conservation of the soil, and in water cycling. They also help modulate water flows and reduce sedimentation in streams and reservoirs. South Africa’s forests and woodlands contribute significantly to our country’s remarkable range of fauna and flora. Many national parks and eco-tourism ventures use forests and woodlands, e.g. the Kruger National Park is a woodland area.
Loss of forests may lead to more soil erosion and loss of plants, animals and small life forms that need to live in a forest environment. Commercial and natural forests also provide valuable products that we are dependent upon, like timber, paper and medicinal plants. Loss of forests will mean that we will have less of these resources to build our homes, print our books and newspapers, make furniture or have firewood to keep us warm or cook our food.
Trees also help to maintain a favourable climate. Trees consume the carbon dioxide that is responsible for climate change. In return trees produce oxygen. So trees help to clean the atmosphere. The carbon dioxide produced by trees can stay locked up in the wood for many years, depending on how long the tree remains alive and depending on what happens to the wood after the tree dies.