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Hardwood flooring suppliers and installers have seen an unprecedented focus on the sources of their hardwood. That doesn’t mean only the location and type of the trees from which the hardwood planks are produced. It’s also about the working conditions for the loggers, the environmental conditions of the source, and many other factors that affect how the wood is procured. This is generally all lumped together under the umbrella of sustainability or eco-friendliness. Sustainability essentially means harvesting wood in such a way that the forest can replace the wood and the surrounding environment can recover from the harvesting. It also refers to the wider environmental impact. That’s where stored carbon comes in.

Stored Carbon

Carbon is present in millions of different things in the world. It is released into the atmosphere in many different ways. When released into the atmosphere, it typically combines with oxygen to form carbon dioxide or it is released as carbon dioxide. That will then trap heat in the atmosphere and contribute to warming around the planet. Storing carbon involves ways to capture it. Trees are some of the most efficient ways to capture carbon. They intake carbon dioxide, hold onto the carbon, and release the oxygen. That’s how trees scrub the atmosphere. Therefore, every felled tree releases some of that stored carbon.

Customers in recent years have become increasingly concerned about stored carbon as it relates to their hardwood flooring. There are a few different ways that hardwood flooring manufacturers and buyers can increase the amount of stored carbon.

Increasing Carbon Storage

Some hardwood flooring companies specifically buy carbon offsets when they fell trees. Offsets can work in several different ways. In one method, the company will pay to have trees planted equal to or greater than the number of trees they have felled. Other companies will buy carbon offsets from other companies. So, if a company expects to fell a certain number of trees but they find that they need to cut down more, they might buy offsets from a company that is cutting down fewer than they expected. That way, the number of trees felled still equals about what was projected. If carbon footprints concern you, you should look for a company that accounts for their footprint.

The most effective method is simply not cutting down trees. Reclaimed hardwood is one of the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint, which is one of the reasons it is growing in popularity.

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