Environmental benefits of using reclaimed wood
Meanwhile, when used in the construction trade reclaimed wood results in far fewer materials being sent to landfill (which in turn is responsible for polluting the environment). Actually, according to a recent government study only one per cent of construction materials in new projects used reclaimed materials. And the problem with using materials which have been newly developed, such as plastics, means even more pollution into our air and waters.
Another fact about wood and landfill is that when mixed with other forms of waste, wood doesn’t always decompose completely. Because of this it can release methane gas (which has been blamed for global warming). And, according to The Global Trees Campaign, less than 10 per cent of wood waste is reclaimed or recycled. In the UK it results in approximately 3000 tonnes of usable timber being either burned or sent to landfill. Here’s further statistics from the campaign:
– 30 trees can absorb 946lb of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year.
– 30 trees provide enough oxygen for 120 people every day
– 30 trees have the same cooling effect as 300 air conditioning units running for 20 hours each
Finally, it’s important to note that woodland animals benefit when old rather than new wood is used. Many creatures rely on trees to both live in and feed on. Birds nest in leaves while insects feed on bark and squirrels eat acorns. Fell too many trees and these creatures could disappear from our parks and woodlands forever.
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