Tired of wallpaper being the only option for blank walls? Now Skema is offering wall covering options made from recycled and reclaimed wood!
Six million trees could be saved every year simply by reusing the wood we already have rather than throwing it into a landfill. Reclaimed wood has already made a huge statement in interior design in the form of doors, shelves, and furniture. Now, the Italian flooring company Skema has launched Open Mind Vertical, a new line of wall coverings created exclusively from recycled wood.
Recycled lumber is a key ingredient in the future of sustainable development. Most reclaimed lumber comes from beams and decking rescued from old barns, factories, and warehouses. Open Mind Vertical also takes wood from a variety of more unusual places, from boxcars to coal mine structures to wine barrels. Environmentally, this wood is a better option than virgin wood from farmed forests that use heavy amounts of fertilizer, and it also cuts down on the amount of wood sent to the landfill.
This wood often has a unique appearance that can’t be matched by any type of process designed to distress new wood. The aged appearance of reclaimed wood is tied closely to its history and origins—some pieces have fascinating stories worth retelling. Also, older wood tends to have a much tighter grain structure because it has been exposed to changes in humidity for a longer period of time, making it more stable than virgin wood of the same species.
The success of sustainability is not only the responsibility of manufacturers to offer recycled products but also of customers to choose them.