Wood is one of the only materials, which can be listed as Eco-Effective.
It is organic – recyclable and 100% biodegradable.
All of the tree can be utilised.
When a tree is harvested, the branches and in some cases the needles remain on the forest floor to rot down and re-fertilise the ground.
The by products from the conversion of the tree, bark and some branches are converted into bio energy fuels or garden products.
The sawmilling industry targets 100% yield from the log, as it’s absolute.
The by products which cannot be used as solid timber also have 100% utilisation – the chippings/sawdust is further processed into particleboards for example.
Or it can be completely utilised into pellets for Bio Fuel heating plants.
Or it can be wholly converted into pulp and paper.
When wood products are removed from service they can be used again either in their current form without modification or further processed and converted into new items (which saves processing new material) with all the subsequent benefits.
As an organic material, it will biodegrade easily. What other material will do the same? A growing trend is to re-process waste wood into alternative energy thus reducing the demand for non-renewable fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal.