Sustainable wood is grown and harvested in eco-friendly forests, and describes recycled and reclaimed products. A great example is the natural elegance and durability of Redwood. Redwood matures rapidly and can be continuously replanted instead of cutting trees from tropical rain forests. Sustainable wood might also refer to buying locally to reduce the amount of energy consumed in harvesting, processing, and transporting wood materials.
The concept of sustainable frorestry arose to address greenhouse gases some experts believe harm the environment. Trees take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the atmosphere, essentially surviving by using greenhouse gases. When trees are cut for wood products, it might increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the region because fewer trees are absorbing this gas. Deforestation also threatens the survival of plants and animals that use trees for food, shelter, and nests.