Eco Friendly Wood Furniture Helps Remove CO2 from the Atmosphere
Although it has been around much longer than some recently-invented high tech building materials, wood is still one of the most environmentally friendly materials available if it comes from sustainably managed forests. Not only are wood products biodegradable, they are also durable and long-lasting; furniture constructed out of solid wood typically lasts decades if not generations.
Wood products do not have to be replaced as often as products built out of other materials, such as plastic. In the advent that wood furniture does have to be discarded, it will naturally decompose instead of taking up space in a dumb for years to come.
In terms of CO2 reduction, trees – and the wood products that derive from them – serve a key purpose by acting as carbon sinks as they actively remove CO2 from the atmosphere. After carbon dioxide is absorbed by trees and other plants during photosynthesis, the majority of it remains in the stored in the tree or plant. When sustainably-raised timber is used to make wood products, such as solid wood furniture, the carbon dioxide remains stored in the lumber.
These benefits can be extended by focusing on quality craftsmanship: the longer a wood product lasts, the longer it stores CO2, which is an approach that Manchester Wood, a family-owned furniture business is a firm proponent of – they design their solid wood furniture to last for generations, which keeps the CO2 locked away.
The lumber that is used to build their furniture comes from nearby sustainably managed forests in the Northeast and is certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Once the timber is delivered to their plant in Upstate New York, Manchester Wood focuses on maximizing the yield from each piece of lumber, using using sophisticated measuring and cutting techniques that enable them to use every possible square inch of wood.
As piece of wood furniture take shape on the production line, byproducts that would be treated as “waste” at other facilities, such as shavings and sawdust, are reused or recycled. The sawdust, for example, is given to local farmers who use it for animal bedding.
The bottom line is very easy to understand: as more wood is harvested from sustainable forests, CO2 is removed from the atmosphere. Buying solid wood furniture of furniture made out of unsustainable materials is an easy step that we can adopt to making this planet a greener place. When you’re next shopping for furniture, look for something built out of solid wood instead of other materials with a higher carbon footprint.
Nate is a product designer for Manchester Wood and freelance writer. His topics of interest include the environment, travel, and food.