Wood - another low carbon footprint solution

There is now very clear evidence that wood has a lower impact on the environment than alternative material furniture products.

Technical Report from the Timber.org.au

Timber along with other timber products, absorb carbon dioxide when they were once growing trees. This carbon dioxide stored within the timber will not even be released once the timber has been harvested and manufactured into timber products.
Metals such as steel or aluminium and plastics derived from petrochemicals produce harmful Green House gases which in turn hold an effect of the environment and global warming. Even processes which involve extracting raw materials from "terra firma"ie: bauxide, aluminium result in the production of Green House gases.

Timber from sustainable forestry practices is a renewable resource whereas the production of plastics and metals is not.

Review of the Environmental Impact of Wood compared with Alternative Products Used in the Production of Furniture.

Prepared for the Forest & Wood Products Research & Frbrlopmrny Votpotsyion
Process energy requirements (PER) for some common building materials. (Reproduced from ref17)

Materials Embodied Energy (MJ/kg)
Air dried sawn hardwood 0.5
Kiln dried sawn hardwood 2
Kiln dried sawn softwood 3.4
Particleboard 8.0
Medium Density Fibreboard 11.3
Plywood 10.4
Glued-laminated timber 11
Laminated veneer timber 11
Plastics (general) 90
PVC 80
Acrylic Paint 61.5
Glass 12.7
Mild steel 34
Galvanised mild steel 38
Aluminium 170
Copper 100
Zinc 51

It can be seen from the table that sawn wood products have a very low PER compared to the plastics and metals.

We use air dried sawn hardwood for ALL our furniture.