Climate change is one of the biggest threats to our planet’s health, safety, and longevity. To protect our planet for future generations, there needs to be a heavy focus on sustainability and preventing temperature increases across the globe.
One way to mitigate climate change, reduce carbon in the environment, and protect our planet? By supporting the timber industry.
The timber industry has a huge impact on environmental health. But how, exactly, can the timber industry help fight climate change?
How Forests Mitigate Climate Change
Before we jump into how the timber industry can fight climate change, we first need to talk about what’s at the core of the timber industry—forests.
Sustainably managed forests fight climate change in several ways. Trees absorb carbon dioxide through a process called photosynthesis. They then use sunlight to synthesize the carbon dioxide, releasing oxygen back into the air and storing the carbon in their wood.
So, trees remove carbon from the atmosphere, which means forests are extremely effective at fighting climate change. But how does the timber industry come into this?
How the Timber Industry Mitigates Climate Change
Trees continue to hold carbon even after they’ve been turned into timber (a process known as carbon sequestration). Essentially, when the timber industry sources timber, it’s removing carbon from the environment, repurposing the wood (for lumber, plywood, furniture, and other purposes), and then planting more trees to continue absorbing additional carbon.
Using wood products creates a cycle that fights climate change. A tree absorbs carbon from the environment, is cut down and transformed into a wood product (where it continues to store the carbon), and then a new tree is planted—starting the entire carbon-reducing cycle over again.
How Supporting the Timber Industry Helps Support Sustainability
Clearly, sustainable timber practices can go a long way in reducing carbon in the atmosphere, which can help mitigate climate change and protect our planet for future generations.
And you can be a part of it.
When you choose to use wood over other, less sustainable materials, you’re doing more than just making a personal choice about what kind of furniture you want for your patio or which type of flooring you want to update your kitchen—you’re making a choice to support an industry that’s working to fight climate change and make our planet a safer and more sustainable place to live.
Timber Products is Committed to Sustainability
At Timber Products, we’re committed to sustainability and responsible foresting practices. In addition to holding multiple environmental certifications, all of our wood products meet strict state and federal emissions requirements, and—in an effort to continue to decrease carbon in the atmosphere—our forestry teams plant an average of 350,000 trees per year.
If you’d like to find out more info on how we stay sustainable during our day-to-day processes, you can read more here.