Our production of beds is now set so any new production will come in a FSC ® certified solution. We have been certified for a while now and many of our beds are in FSC ® already.
- Steel requires three times as much energy as its wood counterpart to extract, manufacture, transport, and construct.
- The energy efficiency of forests extends to forest products. For example, aluminium framing requires 20 times as much energy to produce as wooden wall studs, steel studs require almost nine times more. In general, products made from steel, glass, plastic, cement, or brick require approximately 24, 14, 6, and 4.5 times more energy, respectively, than does wood to make a final product.
- Carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to global warming, are three times higher for steel than for a comparable quantity of wood.
- While wood accounts for 46 percent of industrial raw materials (by weight) worldwide, it uses only 4 percent of the energy required to process raw materials into useful products.
- Air pollution emissions such as sulphur dioxide, nitrous oxides, methane, particulate and volatile organic compounds are significantly higher for steel than for wood.
- The steel structure requires 25 times more water than the wood structure, primarily at the manufacturing stage, and steel manufacturing also has a greater impact on the quality of the waste water during manufacture.
- Wood is the only building material derived from a renewable resource. It is considered an agricultural crop that is harvested
and replanted in a continually regenerating cycle while non-renewable resources such as iron ore are mined on a
permanently depleting basis.
- A 1976 study by the National Research Council committee on Renewable Resources concluded that producing 1 Ton of steel requires 50.3 million BTU oil equivalent, compared to 2.9 million BTU oil equivalent for 1 Ton of softwood lumber.
- A 1991 U.S. EPA listing of toxic substances released and transferred in the manufacturing process, indicated primary metals at 757 million pounds, fabricated metals at 103 million pounds, plastics at 195 million pounds, petroleum at 103 million pounds and wood at 38 million pounds.
- Trees are a renewable resource. Forest products are also recyclable and biodegradable.
- Most wood substitute materials come from non-renewable resources--petrochemicals used in plastics and ores used for aluminium, iron, etc.
- We sometimes forget that wood is naturally reusable, recyclable and biodegradable.
- One mature tree absorbs approximately 13 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
- For every ton of wood a forest grows, it removes 1.47 tons of carbon dioxide and produces 1.07 tons of oxygen.
- On average, it takes 60 years to grow a 100 foot tall tree.
- In 60 years a tree moves about 5 million pounds, or 660,000 gallons, of water from the soil into the air.
- Ounce for ounce, wood is the strongest structural material commonly used in building.