The growl of a chainsaw fills the air as a lifeless longan tree is felled beneath the watchful eye of Ricci Wong, founding father of a Hong Kong non-profit to show tree waste into furnishings and different family merchandise.
Farmers and arborists working with personal enterprises or authorities departments name the group to gather the wooden each time they spot fallen or dying bushes that should be
Wong established HK Timberbank after Typhoon Mangkhut in September 2018, an intense storm that uprooted tens of hundreds of bushes within the territory, when he noticed what was being despatched to the landfill was usable.
“Fresh, clean and healthy wood is also thrown away due to construction or after windstorms. Most of the wood was way more usable than we imagined,” he stated.
HK Timberbank collected greater than 300 tonnes of bushes in Hong Kong for recycling final 12 months, most of which might have in any other case been dumped in landfills due to rot or insect infestation.
Wong and his companions retailer the wooden at an industrial web site within the metropolis’s New Territories, the place they’ve a list of over 80 tree species to make use of as uncooked materials for furnishings, reducing boards, clocks, coasters and artwork.
Each piece of furnishings takes three to 4 months to fabricate, Wong stated, from drying the wooden to designing and making the gadgets with skilled woodworking instruments.
During a latest showcase, a buyer stated she was delighted together with her new espresso desk.
“It is not too complicated or crafted sophisticatedly,” stated Sharon Ho. “They create mainstream furniture in the simplest way.”
HK Timberbank hopes to increase its operation within the coming years, finally lowering the town’s reliance on imported wooden.
Hong Kong sends greater than 380 tonnes of wooden and rattan to municipal landfills on daily basis, based on authorities figures.
“We believe we are doing something meaningful, so we have to continue, and we won’t stop until we see results,” Wong stated.