In the world of materials, “real” is good and “fake” is bad, right? In the age of tree plantations, engineered lumber, and bio board, what exactly does “natural” mean now? And are natural materials always a better choice than manufactured ones? This session explores these and other issues that influence our decision to choose natural or synthetic materials. Attendees will learn surprising truths about materials and confront their preconceptions to become more educated specifiers.