What is composite decking?
Composite refers to anything that is made of more than one material. When these materials are combined, it creates new characteristics that did not originally exist. In terms of composite timber, the materials that are used are a mixture of wood fibres (sawdust), plastic and different binding agents. When these ingredients are combined, they form a material that is heavier, stronger and denser than wood alone.
What is sustainable timber?
Sustainable timber refers to timber that has been harvested responsibly. That is, when one tree is cut down for use, another is immediately planted to replace it. However, it is about more than just planting more trees to replace those being cut down – it also involves ensuring that there is no damage to the surrounding environment, or to native flora and fauna. To be classified as sustainable timber, the timber must come from an Australian certified sustainable forest.
Sustainable timber can be either softwood or hardwood and it is available in a huge range of species. As well, bamboo (even though it is technically a grass) is classed as a sustainable hardwood because it grows very fast, making it incredibly renewable.