Merbau Timber Sustainability
The Hidden Damage Caused By Merbau Decks In Australia
Why not use Merbau?
- The destruction of large forest areas to get just one tree is shocking!
- It doesn’t 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.
- 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 it will only continue.
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Merbau seems to be a very popular choice here in Australia
– DIYer’s walk into their local hardware store 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 them 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
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 rain-forest areas.”
(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.
And if you want it to look more red in colour, like Merbau, just use my highly recommended oil with tint.
Organoil Decking Oil
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 harvested using devastating logging operations, no doubt there’s a lot of it 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?
Shop local & support Australian families.
Don’t buy timber products from offshore when we have what we need right here already.