MERBAU TIMBER DECKS in Aus – Sustainability – Shocking!

Merbau Timber Sustainability

The Hidden Damage Caused By Merbau Decks In Australia

Orangutan family

Orangutan families are losing their homes and populations are dying off – They are becoming extinct just so we can improve our homes and have a nice looking deck! – Ridiculous!

“Merbau is not only considered an endangered species, at the prevailing rate of indiscriminate usage it will also be extinct within the next 35 years.”

Does this sound like a 
Sustainable timber to you?
Come on Australia, we can do better than this. PLEASE READ ON!

What about the animals?
Does anyone care?
Or do you just love your new deck and couldn’t give a rats where it came from?

Why not use Merbau?

  • The destruction of large forest areas to get just one tree is shocking!
  • It does not grow easily in plantations.
  • The small Islands of Indonesia cannot sustain this continued destruction
  • It is very difficult to enforce any laws put in place by governments.
  • Logs are often smuggled over near by borders or officials are paid off to turn a blind eye.
  • It is rapidly causing the extinction of beautiful defenceless animals
  • Not only losing their homes – THEIR SPECIES IS BEING WIPED OUT!

Where there is big money involved there will be corruption!

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD

I think it’s important to get the word out about the sustainability and damage from Merbau timber as many people are not aware of the destruction caused by the continued importation of this timber species to Australia.

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Merbau seems to be a very popular choice here in Australia
– DIYer’s walk into their local Bunnings looking to build a deck and don’t know better!
The sales staff will probably point you in the direction of the Merbau racks without a second thought.

CHANGE IS UP TO YOU – Your choice of decking timber can help
So what can we do?  – Education and choice when purchasing is the key to this change, we must make change happen through the choices we make when building decks and other outdoor projects.
Get the FACTS right before making a decision based on price and colour alone!

Do we trust corrupt governments or corporations when they tell you it’s sustainable and being managed? – IT’S NOT!

Don’t just take my word for it, you can read Chris’s article here

Decking Melbourne – Timber Sustainability

Then head over to 
Making The Right Timber Choices – Burke’s Backyard

“Australians love entertaining in the great outdoors and have a strong affinity with using natural products such as timber. However, many home gardeners or tradesmen are unaware of the origin of the timber we use and, sadly, too much comes from illegal logging in tropical rainforest areas.”

Photo of Sumatran Orangutan with child photo from GRASP

Sumatran Orangutan with child. Photo from GRASP

Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) statistics

Range State: Indonesia
Population: 6,600 (est.)
Conservation status: Critically Endangered!

If forest destruction is not enough to change your mind just look at the photo above and think about what you’re doing to these beautiful creatures, it’s their homes and families being destroyed – just so we can improve our homes!?
Is this how you want to live on this planet? > Just so you can have a nice deck?

What’s the alternative?

There are plenty of alternative decking timbers, take Spotted Gum for example.

Spotted Gum Trees

Spotted Gum Trees

Close up of spotted gum timber boards

Spotted Gum Timber Boards

And if you want it to look more red in colour, like Merbau, just use my highly recommended oil with tint.
Organoil Decking Oil

organoil deck examples

More info about the Orangutans here at the Great Apes Survival Project

Ooops!  – I think our deck is Merbau, what should I do?

If you already have a Merbau deck then please don’t feel too bad, (many Australians do) just make it a priority to encourage others to choose differently if they are thinking about building a deck like yours. And don’t make the same mistake next time, where there is money being spent on this timber the destruction will only continue.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD < That’s all I ask.

It’s up to us to take a stand. Many states in America have already banned it from being imported. It’s time Australians woke up to ourselves. If everyone knew about the damage we are causing I think more people would seek alternatives.  If you have any ideas how you can help I welcome your thoughts.

Merbau is not the only timber that ends up in China from devastating logging operations, no doubt there’s a lot of corruption going on, but the one thing we can do here is stop buying it, this will reduce the demand for Merbau and will help the Orangutans.

Even if the illegal logging trade continues, we should do our part as a nation to at least try to stop it don’t you think?

Andrew Wilkerson

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