Why Choose Hardwoods?
Few things in life are more authentic than the warm natural beauty of genuine American hardwoods. Spurred most recently by the farmhouse décor movement, wood has taken center stage in home fashion and continues to evolve into new and dramatic uses in the home and work space.
Did you know that wood is the only major building material that is truly sustainable? Wood is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. Young, growing trees actually remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Trees return oxygen to the air, while carbon is used for the development of trunks, branches and leaves. Any unused carbon is stored in the tree and in any products made from its wood, for life. Therefore, conversion of American hardwoods into functional tables, countertops, millwork and décor actually contributes to the long-term sequestration of carbon. A win for reducing greenhouse gases!
Other materials, such as MDF, plywood and plastic, cannot tout such a victory. These materials have higher carbon footprints—requiring significantly more energy to manufacture, install and dispose of at the end of their natural lifecycle. (In comparison, trees require very little energy to become lumber.) Even natural granite and stone lack the same positive environmental impact as hardwoods. Though organic, both are in limited supply and nonrenewable. So once these natural elements are mined from the Earth, they are lost and new material does not grow in its place.
Did you know that nearly twice as much hardwood trees grow each year as is harvested?
It’s true. In fact, in the past 50 years, the volume of hardwood species found in American forests has nearly doubled. And North American foresters follow best practices, including single-tree selection as a preferred harvesting method. This technique mirrors natural selection and encourages forests to renew and regenerate themselves naturally. In addition, advanced technology and responsible manufacturing processes assure the least wood waste and that all wood processing by-products have a use:
Tree bark becomes mulch and soil conditioners.
Sawdust is sold for animal bedding or fuels the boilers that operate dry kilns.
Trimmings are chipped and processed into paper and other products.
Small wood pieces are processed or finger-jointed into wood components.
Finally, products made from American Hardwoods require less energy for transport then
compared to products produced overseas and shipped to America.
Sustainable manufacturing is the key to our future! Genuine hardwoods are leading the way
to beautiful homes, functional work spaces and a better Earth.