Made In The U.S.A.

Home Depot _ucks.

In Adventures on April 9, 2009 at 12:46 am

While I’m generally hesitant to get my facts from any web site with the word “sucks” in the URL, this web site has some interesting “information” about Home Depot and wood. More than anything, it seems to have some interesting info about lumber and logging as a whole. Things like:

Most cedar [popular for fence pickets] sold in the U.S. is now taken from British Columbia’s rainforests, as large cedar trees have been virtually eliminated from the U.S. Ninety-eight percent of logging in B.C. is in old-growth forests, so all B.C. wood products should be avoided unless they come from independently certified operations.

and

Home Depot has become the largest “lumber yard” in the United States, claiming over 10% of the U.S. “home improvement” market alone.

and

About 40% of U.S. 2x4s come from British Columbia (mostly rainforest areas) and a similar percentage of plywood. As stated above, 98% of logging in B.C. is clearcutting of old growth forests. While it is at this time impossible to say which 2x4s are from B.C., one should the note large percentage that are and act accordingly.

Very interesting.

Still, I can’t find out where Home Depot wood comes from without speaking personally to the store manager. That’s bound to go well.

I guess I’ve left the MITUSA ranch on this one, since it’s clear that buying American lumber isn’t the best way to buy lumber. I just want to know what my options are. Scratch that: I know what they are, I just need to know if/when/where/how I can buy them.

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