Greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere, and are considered a primary cause of the climate change and global warming that face the planet today. It is widely agreed amongst scientists and other groups that reducing greenhouse gases is an important way to address these pressing issues. It may feel like there is little, we, as individuals can do to help with reducing greenhouse gases, but something as simple as using Humboldt Redwood can make a difference.
Managed redwood sustainable forests are actually very effective at removing carbon from the air and reducing greenhouse gases. Because trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow, a fast-growing and thriving species like redwood makes a big impact. Through the process of photosynthesis, carbon is absorbed into the wood fibers and oxygen is released back into the air. This is known as carbon sequestration, in which carbon is removed from the atmosphere and stored in reservoirs such as redwood trees.
Even as redwood trees are harvested and made into the lumber you use in your outdoor living projects today, the removed carbon stays stored in the wood. And unlike many other tree species, redwood’s root system remains intact after harvesting. This means even more carbon remains stored underground, as well as in lumber manufactured from the harvested trees. And, because we continue to grow more trees than we harvest, the net amount of carbon trapped each year increases, thereby further reducing greenhouse gases.
This continued cycle of carbon removal and storage is a crucial process in reducing greenhouse gases. Many manufactured, artificial building materials are energy intensive and actually release carbon into the atmosphere. Choosing natural, Humboldt Redwood helps lower your personal carbon footprint and make a difference in reducing greenhouse gases.
In addition, a study by the U.S. Forest Service indicates that wood should factor as a primary building material in green building. The authors of Science Supporting the Economic and Environmental Benefits of Using Wood and Wood Products in Green Building Construction reviewed the scientific literature and found that using wood in building products yields fewer greenhouse gases than using other common materials. You may also read our blog post, Forest Service Report Documents Environmental Benefits of Wood as a Green Building Material, for more information on this exciting study.