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Canada Leading the Forest Sector Bounce Back

Like many commodity sectors, the forestry industry has been beset with hardship since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic last…

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Myanmar’s Rainforests Under Threat

When the military junta took forcible control of Myanmar in February, many environmental commentators voiced grave concerns about the potential…

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Biden’s Choice: Burning Biomass or Sequestering Carbon

In recent years, the use of wood biomass in Europe has become untenable. The massive subsidies granted to biomass firms…

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Europe’s Path to Sustainability

A recent study published by Forest Trends, based on a survey of forestry professionals, has revealed the varied successes and…

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Myanmar Autocracy and Deforestation

Sitting outside a luxury hotel on the Costa Smeralda in Northern Sicily, watching a superyacht cruise effortlessly across the water,…

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Wooden Wind Power

Around the globe administrations and intergovernmental bodies have established ambitious climate change prevention targets, many of which revolve around increasing…

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Swedish Wood Reaching New Heights

The last decade has borne witness to an explosion of innovation in timber design, construction and promotion. This has resulted…

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How Can Wood Protect Us in a Post-Covid World?

There have been many articles written about the psychological effects of designing in wood, with more ‘biophilic’ interiors shown to…

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Building Back Better With Wood

The COVID-19 epidemic has created a massive slowdown in the global economy, resulting in a rapid reduction in demand for…

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The Key to Popularising Sustainability

In recent years the timber sector has recognised that the best way to promote their products is through communicating with…

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Who We Are

Sustainable Wood provides cutting edge news and reliable commentary on issues surrounding the sustainable management of forests, the trade in sustainable wood materials, and the sustainable use of wood for building, furniture and an expanding range of other innovative applications. By doing so, it contributes to the broader objective to put trees “at the heart of all the world’s economics and politics.”

What is Sustainable Wood?

Our Philosophy

“It is also true – marvellously and encouragingly so – that societies can build their entire economies around trees: economies that are much better for people at large, and infinitely more sustainable, than anything we have at present. Trees could indeed stand at the heart of all the world’s economics and politics, just as they are at the centre of all terrestrial ecology. The more I have become involved with trees…the more I have realised that this is so. In the future of humanity, and of all the world in all its aspects, trees are key players.”

Colin Tudge in The Secret Life of Trees, 2005

We believe that the forestry sector has a key role to play in tackling emerging global challenges, not just in relation to forests. Climate change has become a key issue on the world stage, while at the same time political leaders are becoming more concerned about security of energy supplies. At every stage of their life cycle, forests and wood products can contribute to the solution of these problems.

At every stage of their life cycle, forests and wood products can contribute to the solution of these problems.

Trees soak up carbon dioxide, the principle greenhouse gas, through photosynthesis. While some is subsequently released again through respiration, a significant proportion is stored as solid wood. Almost 50% of the dry weight of a tree is carbon. Harvesting of mature trees from plantations for conversion to durable timber products such as rafters, doors and window frames results in the carbon being tied up in the fabric of buildings for many decades, perhaps even centuries. Meanwhile the trees harvested for conversion into solid timber will be replaced through replanting and natural regeneration to absorb still more carbon.

The sustainable management of both native and planted forests, including wood production and processing in rural regions, and greater use of wood products by all of us, has a significant role to play in poverty reduction, biodiversity conservation and soil and watershed protection in rural forest landscapes, notably in the subtropics and tropics.

Closer to home, the antimicrobial properties of wood have come into the spotlight. With the current COVID-19 pandemic causing a further epidemic of anxiety around sanitized surfaces; species such as larch, pine and oak could provide a way to ease these worries. Untreated, they have been shown to have significant antimicrobial properties 1, and perform better than glass, plastic and steel when it comes to cross contamination 2. This could usher in a new era of timber interiors, not just in the home but also in hospitals, schools and other communal locations.

  1. Laireiter C.M., Schnabel T., Köck A., Stalzer P., Petutschnigg A., Oostingh G.J., Hell M. Active Anti-Microbial Effects of Larch and Pine Wood on Four Bacterial Strains. BioResources. 2013;9:273–281. doi: 10.15376/biores.9.1.273-281[]
  2. Munir M.T., Pailhories H., Eveillard M., Aviat F., Lepelletier D., Belloncle C., Federighi M. Antimicrobial Characteristics of Untreated Wood: Towards a Hygienic Environment. Health. 2019;11:152–170. doi: 10.4236/health.2019.112014[]