Redwood environmental impact can be categorized in one word: Low. Humboldt Redwood products, in particular, are grown and harvested in accordance with strict environmental standards. In fact, Humboldt Redwood products are available certified to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Learn more about our FSC Certification and why it is so important. For other reasons why redwood environmental impact is low, read on:
The logs used to manufacture Humboldt Redwood decking and fencing lumber are harvested in a responsible, ethical manner with an eye for long-term sustainability. We do this by harvesting redwood logs at a level consistently below our forests’ annual growth rate and by planting trees yearly, two methods that ensure Humboldt Redwood will be a renewable resource for years to come. Because of this, Humboldt Redwood is more sustainable than alternative materials manufactured from non-renewable, petroleum-based sources.
Unlike plastic decking products, which may produce pollution as a byproduct and often end up in landfills, Humboldt Redwood can be recycled throughout its useful life. Redwood bark, for example, is often recycled into beautiful mulch and ground cover. Old structures made of Humboldt Redwood are often salvaged and re-milled to take advantage of high value, exceptionally beautiful lumber. Even old Humboldt Redwood fence boards can find new life as a functional planter box.
At the end of its useful life, Humboldt Redwood will biodegrade and re-enter the earth from whence it came, completing the cycle of life. Plastics often do not decompose and will remain in landfills indefinitely.
For additional information about the environmental benefits associated with using Humboldt Redwood for all your outdoor living projects, please download these informative brochures: