Wood is Renewable
First and foremost, wood is the most eco-friendly raw resource. It is renewable. In reality, wood is the sole building material derived from sunlight, rain, and atmospheric carbon. It is infinitely replenishable and renewable. That’s incredible when you think about it.
Wood is a natural resource that grows and replenishes itself each year. Many people worry whether cutting down trees is environmentally friendly. Fortunately, selective harvesting, unlike clearcutting, does not pose an issue. In fact, it promotes forest health.
Wood Is Good For the Environment
Wood products are environmentally friendly and help to mitigate climate change. First, trees absorb carbon all their lives. They remove it from the atmosphere and store it in their trunks as they grow. But it doesn’t stop there.
When trees are processed into wood products, they continue to store carbon. Using solid hardwood furniture helps to prevent climate change and the greenhouse effect.
But it does not end there. We can eventually recapture the solar energy stored in wood at the end of the product’s life cycle by burning it for energy. Reusing wood for energy in this manner is an excellent approach to replace filthy, non-renewable, and carbon-emitting energy sources such as coal, oil, and natural gas.
Wood Means Zero Waste
Here’s another reason why wood is so sustainable. Wood manufacture has evolved into a zero-waste business as technology has advanced over the previous few decades. Bi-products from all stages of the manufacturing process can be reused and recycled. When wood is harvested, a portion of it is processed into lumber, some is transformed into other wood products, and the remainder is recovered for energy generation. But nothing goes to waste.
Wood Is Durable and Long-Lasting
Wood is the world’s strongest building material in terms of its weight. It is incredibly durable and requires minimal care.
Unlike plastic laminate, wood laminate, and other engineered woods, wood may be refinished several times to extend its life.
Wood Scores Highest On Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
When choosing sustainable furniture for your residence hall, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an important consideration. LCA is described as a “holistic, scientific approach that considers the resources consumed and the emissions released during a product’s manufacture, use, and disposal.”
And according to LCA studies, wood constantly outperforms non-wood items. The one ‘problem area’ for wood in terms of LCA is the increase in energy required for the kiln drying and treatment process.