3 reasons wood is one of the most sustainable materials for your home

21 August 2023

Emma Lucey

Wood is not just another material; it's a natural treasure that brings warmth and character to any space while leaving a positive impact on our planet. Here we present three reasons to choose wood whenever you’re redecorating, renovating or upgrading your home.  



Wood has a remarkable quality that sets it apart from other options — it's renewable. Wood can be replenished, ensuring a continuous supply without depleting precious resources. Through responsible forestry practices, trees are selectively harvested to ensure stocks are not depleted.  An even better choice would be purchasing an antique or second-hand piece. Buying second-hand furniture means your 30-year-old wooden table has been storing carbon for decades – but more on that later. 



Wood takes sustainability a step further with its lower energy requirements during production. Unlike materials such as steel or concrete, which undergo energy-intensive production processes with significant greenhouse gas emissions, wood can be processed and shaped with minimal energy input. Plus, at the end of its lifecycle, wood can be returned to the earth via composting – unlike materials such as plastic. It's a greener choice that reduces our carbon footprint and promotes energy efficiency.  



Now, let's delve into one of wood's hidden powers — carbon storage. As trees grow, they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, using it during photosynthesis while they release oxygen. When we incorporate wood into our homes, offices and everyday items, we're essentially locking in that carbon for the long term. About 50% of the dry weight of wood is carbon. Wood products, when properly maintained and utilised, retain the carbon absorbed during the tree's lifetime. This means that by using wood products we reduce carbon emissions that would otherwise contribute to the greenhouse effect. It's a natural approach that harnesses the ability of trees to capture and store carbon, playing a vital role in mitigating climate change. 


So, before you make that next home decor decision, take a moment to appreciate wood. It's not just about aesthetics; it's about embracing a low-carbon lifestyle and making choices that align with a greener future. Let wood become a part of your living space, adding a touch of elegance, durability and eco-consciousness to your surroundings.  

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Emma Lucey

Emma brings experience in digital media and communications with a background in several industries such as tourism and hospitality. Prior to joining Planet Ark in 2022, Emma spent 5 years living abroad in London & Amsterdam where she developed a greater interest in the environment and sustainability. Outside of work Emma enjoys gardening, camping and crocheting.

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