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Q. From an environmental point of view, is installing an acacia wood floor a good or bad idea? It's from the tropics -- that's a long way for wood to travel, hence a bigger carbon footprint. It's also hard to find from a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) source.
On the other hand, from what I read, this is a fast-growing plantation tree that improves the soil because it fixes nitrogen. It's also more durable than many local species, so the chances my acacia floor would be replaced within the next 100 years is lower than if I go with softer local species.
So, should I get over the fact that it’s exotic and not FSC?
A. Dearest Rich,
After spending the last few hours looking at photos of rich, lustrous acacia flooring, I must say that style-wise, you’ve made a lovely choice. And as one of the hardest woods in the world, acacia also passes muster on the durability front. But there’s certainly more to consider when it comes to filling your home with this tropical timber.