Question

What is the most sustainable wood?

Asked by Littlewellreadhen
Baldwin Park, CA

Based on all woods and years to be harvested.

Answer

The most sustainable wood is wood that is...

  • harvested from managed forests,
  • travels the shortest distance to the mill,
  • uses the least amount of energy to process, and
  • travels the shortest distance to the consumer.

Otherwise it's not sustainable.

There are many variables that play a part in making the determination of "most sustainable wood," and for each end user, the results will differ.

 

For more information:

Read "Which species of wood are the most sustainable?", a Q&A answered by J Neufeld.

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