Which products are made with recycled wood?
The answer may surprise you.
But here’s the thing: most of the wood products that we use in our homes and offices are made from reclaimed wood.
Wood is a natural product, meaning it’s made by decomposing organic matter and the wood itself, which makes it both a renewable and environmentally friendly resource.
Here’s a quick look at how recycled wood products stack up against the rest of the materials we use everyday.
Read moreWood products make up a big portion of our nation’s recycling program.
According to the United States Forest Service, the country’s total wood use is around 45 million tons each year, and we’ve invested in more than 1,000 recycled wood projects nationwide.
Some of those projects are small and local.
For example, in San Francisco, the city’s Department of San Francisco and San Mateo County is responsible for recycling up to 3.6 million tons of reclaimed wood per year.
The Department of Forest Resources is also responsible for the San Mateos landfill.
In Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles recycles more than 13 million tons annually.
And, of course, in the cities of Los Altos and Santa Monica, recycled wood is a major source of the citys wastewater.
In fact, recycled lumber from Los Altops landfill has been the main source of drinking water for nearly three years.
In order to help communities reduce their reliance on wood, some cities have developed recycling programs in an effort to help people transition to a more sustainable future.
For instance, Santa Monica recently installed a recycling station at the intersection of the 405 and Santa Barbara Boulevard, allowing residents to return used wood to the landfills in a matter of minutes.
And in Los Angeles County, the County Board of Supervisors recently approved a recycling pilot program that encourages local governments to consider using reclaimed wood as a “bridge material” when it comes to making new buildings, landscaping, and other residential and commercial construction materials.
Of course, the biggest obstacle to a wood-based energy transition is the cost of energy.
According the Energy Information Administration, we can expect to pay around $2.80 per kilowatt hour of electricity consumed by wood products.
That’s an enormous amount of money to pay for the environmental impact of using wood.
To put that in perspective, the U.S. uses around 4.6 billion pounds of wood every year.
It also costs around $1.1 trillion per year to produce, and that’s just for the electricity alone.
To keep the costs low, wood-energy advocates have argued that we should switch to renewable energy and that there are better ways to recycle our wood than just using it in new construction.
To that end, a group called The Reuseable Wood Alliance has launched a campaign called “Reuse the Wood,” to encourage people to consider reusing wood as the energy source of choice.
In a statement to Newsweek, Reuse the Woods spokesperson Stephanie Stoll said that recycled wood could help cities to cut their carbon footprint and make the transition to clean energy even easier.
“Reusing wood could provide cities with the energy and carbon sequestration they need to achieve sustainability goals, including those that require cutting greenhouse gas emissions,” Stoll wrote.
“With this new campaign, Reused the Wood is making this transition a reality.”
Stoll added that the campaign is a great way for cities to promote a new kind of recycled wood in order to “make the transition even easier.”
“With the recent introduction of this campaign, we’re taking the opportunity to bring a new energy source to the table to encourage new communities to embrace a green future,” she said.
“We’re making this a real community effort and working with our partners and partners in the REUSE movement to make this a reality in your community.”
Reuse is part of the reforestation project dubbed REBALANCE.
The project is focused on increasing the use of reclaimed timber in urban and rural settings, with the goal of bringing it back into the environment as a renewable energy source.
As of January 1, more than 2.6.
million trees have been reclaimed, and over 3 million tons have been re-cut, according to the project’s website.