Why is buying wood good for the planet?
The Reclaimed Flooring Company sources all of its new oak from Europe, reclaimed wood however can be sourced from just about anywhere on the planet. Did you know that European (excluding the Russian Federation) forests are the most intensively managed on earth: just 5% of the world’s total forest land make up for 25% of all wood products globally. However, only 64% of the net annual yield. The good news is that forest cover in this carefully managed region is increasing by more than 660,000 hectares each year.
There are many policies in place which support the economic advantages of reforestation and both Europe and the US enjoy these high levels of protection. In Europe, for example, 12% of its forest areas are set aside for ecological preservation and landscape diversity; atleast 1.6m hectares are regulated forest reserves, and large areas of protected forests in northern Europe and Eastern Europe are managed for their biodiversity which is an added benefit from the harvesting itself.
In increased use of wood products through specification will stimulate the expansion of the forests and so reduce CO2 & greenhouse gases. Only a 4% increase in Europe’s yearly wood consumption would appropriate an extra 150m tonnes of CO2 each year. Or look at it this way, only a 10% increase in the production of wooden houses in Europe alone would produce enough CO2 savings that account for an estimated 25% of the reductions prescribed by the Kyoto Protocol!