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Sustainability

Carbon and Wood

Friday 03 February 2012

A recent television commercial highlights the fact that wood stores carbon and that this is an environmental positive.

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Timber combines knockout looks with ethical kudos

Monday 11 July 2011

In the weekend Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum there was an interesting article about the ethics and aesthetics of wood that we thought was particularly relevant given all the recent debate about carbon pricing.

"Timber combines knockout looks with ethical kudos, writes HELEN GREENWOOD.

Trees are nature's carbon storage. So says Peter Maddison, the architect and host of LifeStyle Channel's Grand Designs Australia, in a recent television ad. By using wooden products made of sustainable timber, we help tackle climate change.

The logic goes like this: growing trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, emit oxygen and store carbon. The carbon remains locked in the wood for the life of the piece of timber until it rots, decays or is burnt. By planting trees and using wood rather than other materials, we invest in a long-term way to sink and store carbon for Australia.

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