With increasing demand for natural wood – it’s important to have sustainable forests and sustainable construction. As wood prices increase and availability of exotic wood decreases and rain forests are harvested – the world’s eco and climate structure will surely be affected and companies will need to recognize a global disaster may be round the corner.
Sustainable wood is a recyclable material that can be mass produced for various products. When choosing a wood, it is good practice to check for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo, to ensure the wood comes from sustainable managed forests. We all have to play our part to protect the environment and making the right choice when buying solid wood – is one way how we can do this.
Using reclaimed wood – (Used wood) – will ensure wood is not wasted unnecessarily. UK Oak Doors based in Warwickshire are very conscious about climate change and the impact deforestation has on the climate. All UK Oak Doors are sourced from managed sustainable forests in Europe and you can be sure you are making the right choice when you buy from us.
Impact on Life
It’s estimated – 137 plant, animal and insect species are lost every day due to rainforest deforestation. That totals - 50,000 species a year and many possible cures for life-threatening diseases are lost as a result. Currently, 121 prescription drugs sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources. While 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, less that 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists. – Source http://www.rain-tree.com/facts.htm
Rainforests are widely believed to contribute a significant amount of world’s oxygen, although it is now accepted by scientists that rainforests contribute little net oxygen to the atmosphere and deforestation will have no effect on atmospheric oxygen levels However, the incineration and burning of forest plants to clear land releases large amounts of CO2, which contributes to global warming. Scientists also state that, tropical deforestation releases 1.5 billion tones of carbon each year into the atmosphere.
It could be argued there are many factors and causes associated to deforestation such as globalization, corruption in governments, population growth, urbanization and palm oil production. Another impact of over harvesting is global warming – tropical deforestation is responsible for approximately 20% of the green house gases released into the atmosphere.