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What Is An Environmentally Friendly Stairway?

Any stairway that will decompose over time and return to nature without creating toxic waste and wasn't created by anything that produced toxic waste. This rules out every single stairway that has been painted, glued and assembled with galvanized nails or screws.

A real environmentally friendly stairway would be a stairway constructed out of any rocks, trees or soil that has not been fabricated by any type of machine that would require fuel or produce pollution, to make and transport these materials.

One of the biggest problems with the word environmentally friendly is that most of us don't think any further than the product itself. We see a piece of wood or a neat looking rock and automatically feel like we have something directly from nature, but this might not be the case.

Any parts for a stairway that can be purchased from a store or any place that has transported or needs to transport these materials, while using fossil fuels, might not fall into my category of environmentally friendly.

Lumber that has been milled at a factory or from any type of saw that requires power that can directly be traced back to some type of fossil fuel usage or pollution, might not be what you're looking for.

In my opinion, an environmentally friendly set of stairs would be something made out of mud, carved out of the hillside or shaped with hand tools.


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