|"The Pacific Northwest is the most
environmentally sustainable place on earth to grow wood", Dr. Thomas
Maness: Dean of The College of Forestry, Oregon State University
raw material, wood harvested in a sustainable manner has a minimal
effect on the environment. The consumption of wood
generates no effect
because it is a renewable resource. From Danish
Environmental Protection Agency study on wood furniture.
Danish LCA study on wooden furniture.
The Danish Environmental Protection
Agency recently reported on a study looking at the environmental impact
of wood and wooden furniture using a LCA approach.15
The analysis took in the entire cycle from logging to processed
products. As a raw material, wood harvested in a sustainable manner has
a minimal effect on the environment. The consumption of wood generates
no effect because it is a renewable resource. The impact is derived from
logging and transport. The study found that wood is CO2 neutral. The CO2
liberated on combustion or decomposition is equal to the amount
assimilated by the tree during its growth.
vs. metal furniture....
The manufacture of metals
was found to be energy intensive. The process of manufacturing the
metals used a great deal of energy and also produced high CO2 emissions.
The manufacture of metals also results in high levels of air and water
pollution. Of the energy used to convert logs to sawn timber, a large
proportion of that energy is supplied by wood waste, which is also
renewable. In summary, all the studies suggested that the use of wood
significantly better for the environment.
Health and safety should be a top concern when it comes to the furniture
we buy for ourselves and our families. Since our average time indoors
can be 90% of the day, good air quality is a must. Poor indoor air
quality is often related to toxins in furnitures, and can cause all
sorts of health problems like emphysema, asthma, headaches and fatigue.
The two biggest culprits found in furniture that could foul up the air
in our homes are VOC’s from glues, paints, varnishes and adhesives and
PVC from finish materials. A good general rule of thumb here is that the
cheaper the product is, the more toxic it most likely is. Check out Green
Guard for more