Wood Sustainability

If you are thinking “green,” wood is the natural choice in North America.

Total forest area in North America has grown slightly from 1990 to 2010, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ State of the World’s Forests report in 2011. Click here for a PDF excerpt from the report.

Wooden pallets and containers are reusable, repairable, recyclable and made from a renewable resource.

Wooden pallets comprise over 90% of the entire world pallet market because they are rigid, durable, functional, safe and cost effective.

The waste produced in making pallets and the material from pallets that are no longer reusable is turned into useful, marketable products such as mulch, animal bedding and wood stove pellets.

Less than 3% of the nearly 700 million pallets that are manufactured and repaired ever end up in landfills, according to a study by Virginia Tech and the USDA Forestry Service.  When they do, wood is biodegradable!

To learn more about hardwood recycling and sustainability, visit the American Hardwood Information Center’s “Green & Sustainable” page.