Canada’s Forest Sector Leads the Way for Bioeconomy
In our modern and very digital world, pressure is put on limited natural resources like petroleum, charcoal, gas because of the huge demand for plastic and energy products. Just about everything seems to be going plastic which results in depleting Earth’s natural resources. It is quite refreshing to see Canada’s forest sector leading the way for bioeconomy. This is because the forest products portfolio has changed a lot over the last few years. Advanced technology is making it possible for the production sector to produce more low- or no-waste products from wood sources and these products are viable replacements for plastics.
How Forest Waste Fuels a Bioeconomy
The forestry sector generates many byproducts throughout the process of harvesting timber. These bioproducts add value to waste products that can be converted into food additives, textiles, wood pallets, construction materials, and even fuel for airplanes and cars. These high value products are created by combining advanced technologies with sawdust, wood chips, and even tree leaves and branches. By depending on these renewable resources found in forests, we reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
The sustainability of Canada’s forests is essential
Canada’s forests are essential for the well-being of Canada’s environment, communities, people and for the economy. Forest management practices are strictly monitored and audited to ensure sustainability and long-term growth. It is incredibly important for forestry sectors to monitor the sustainability of these forests. With proper sustainability management, these forests will be cared for and maintained as much as possible and a healthy ecosystem will be generated over time.
Wood Pallets are a Bioproduct
One of the primary purposes for timber harvesting is home construction. However, the quality of lumber used to manufacture wood pallets in North America doesn’t quite make the grade. On average, between 10-15% of a log is used to make wood pallets, as the primary application of high grade lumber is home construction, furniture, and flooring. The lumber used to make new wood pallets is a byproduct and thus supports a renewable and recyclable bioeconomy.
Wood Pallets are USDA Biopreferred
In the United States, the Department of Agriculture recently added wood pallets to their long list of biobased products. According to its website, Biobased products are derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials. Biobased products provide an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products and include a diverse range of offerings such as construction, janitorial, and grounds-keeping products specified and purchased by Federal agencies, to personal care and packaging products used by consumers every day.
Lumber is strong and wood pallets are recyclable. By choosing wood pallets you are choosing a renewable resource that supports healthy and sustainable carbon-sequestering forests.
- FACT SHEET: Overview of USDA’s BioPreferred Program
- The State of Canada’s Forests Annual Report 2017
- Nature’s Packaging Video