The environmental impact of wood versus other building materials is continually under study and review by experts in the field. What is clear is that redwood is a sound environmental choice. Mendocino redwood in particular is grown and harvested in accordance with some of the toughest environmental standards in the world.
One key measure of environmental impact is whether or not a material is sourced from a renewable resource. Mendocino redwood trees, which eventually become beautiful Mendocino redwood decks, fences, and landscaping materials, are a renewable resource. Mendocino Redwood Company harvests less than the annual growth of its forests, plants trees each year and continues the cycle of growth and harvesting that is 100% renewable. You don’t have to worry about redwood coming from petroleum-based sources; all that is needed to grow redwood trees is abundant sunshine, good soil, and plentiful rain or fog.
Another important measure of environmental impact is whether or not a material can be recycled. Redwood bark is a byproduct of the manufacturing process to produce redwood lumber. This bark is often recycled into mulch and ground cover products. In addition, several businesses have emerged in recent years that recycle the redwood left in old buildings and other structures. This recycled redwood begins a new life as a beautiful deck, fence, or other outdoor structure.
A final significant measure of environmental impact is whether or not a material is biodegradable once it has been landfilled or composted. Redwood and other natural wood products come from the earth and naturally biodegrade when placed in a landfill or compost.
The following brochures provide additional information regarding the impact of redwood forestlands on the environment.