If ever there was more reason to ensure you purchase sustainable timber products, a new study has estimated the number of trees on the planet and human’s influence on them.
A report on the BBC News website said that the study from Thomas Crowther at Yale University suggests there are over three trillion trees on Earth. The figure was produced through analyzing ground survey data with satellite pictures. The estimate was realized through data collected from over 400,000 forest plots around the world.
The study also suggests there are 1.39 trillion trees in the tropics and sub-tropics, 0.61 trillion in temperate regions, and 0.74 trillion in the boreal forests - the great band of conifers that circles the globe just below the Arctic.
Humans are cutting down 15 billion trees a year and rough estimates show only around 5 billion are being replanted each year. Although only 0.35% of the total, it shows human consumption of timber is huge. We need to maintain our forested areas because forests are natural highly efficient carbon sinks. Trees absorb CO2 through photosynthesis and release oxygen. By controlling carbon output, we can also limit the impact of climate change.
Here at the Solid Wood Flooring Company, we can help lessen the impact on the world’s ecosystems, by committing to use only FSC and PEFC certified timber sources for our wood flooring. We only supply Oak, Bamboo, Walnut and Canadian Maple timber flooring from sustainable sources and make sure not to use endangered or exotic wood species.
The Solid Wood Flooring Company were recently commended by the WWF for our efforts in sourcing sustainable timber for our flooring products and were awarded the top marks of three trees. All employees here are also keen supporters of the WWF’s Save the Forest campaign.
For more information on our Sustainability Policies, please visit our Architects section.
You can rest assured that when buying a unique and beautiful FSC Certified wood floor made by our team of expert craftsmen, not only will you get a floor that can last a life time, you will be purchasing the most environmentally friendly flooring possible.