Engineered wood, also known as composite wood, is made by combining various materials, including wood, plastic, and straw. Wood particles and fibers from different types of wood are blended together with adhesives to create a stronger and more durable material. The surface of composite wood is often covered with a veneer to enhance its appearance. Composite wood is commonly used in the construction of cabinets, furniture, sheathing, flooring, and siding. It is less expensive than hardwood and has weather-resistant qualities when painted or sealed. However, some companies avoid using composite wood due to the higher energy required during production and potential use of harmful chemicals in the mixing and binding process.