Sustainable Forest Products
Trees have different values for people and meet many human needs. They provide medicine, food, soaps, rubber, furniture, timber and a variety of paper products. Sustainable forest management, which is the practice of planting new trees while cutting down other trees, is key to balancing the demands for forest products while preserving the health and diversity of forests. Products and resources that are sustainably developed meet the current needs of humans while preserving the environment for future generations. Forests that are responsibly managed protect biodiversity and water quality, while also replanting and reforesting the areas being harvested.
Did you know?
- Recycling paper products is the most common way to save trees. Wheat, oak and barley left over from harvesting, or agri-pulp, are used as fillers with recycled paper. In 2010, 77 percent of all papermakers substituted some recycled paper for new wood.
- Products such as paper towels, napkins, bathroom and facial tissue are made from 100 percent recycled paper.
- Many designers and manufactures are using reclaimed wood from factory scraps, old furniture and sunken wood to design contemporary, earth-friendly furniture.