It goes without saying that forests play an incomparable role in the fight against climate change. That’s why we need to commit to sustainable forest management practices as both manufacturers and consumers.
Before we dive into the individual practices that both manufacturers and consumers can take to fight climate change, let’s explore the important roles that forests play in fighting climate change.
Forests Against Climate Change
Here are some quick facts about how forests work against the advance of climate change:
- Since 2020, forests are estimated to have removed about 2 billion metric units of carbon from the atmosphere.
- This reduces how much CO2 is in the atmosphere, which is the driving force behind climate change.
- Forests purify the water and air around them.
- Forests also provide valuable habitats for animals and plants, enriching the planet’s forest and fauna.
Although forests do work against climate change, mainly thanks to their ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in their soil and trunk, climate change is directly affecting forests. As greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, our forests are at risk. Here’s what to look out for:
- Tree Migration: changing temperatures can mean that trees can no longer grow where they used to, making existing habitats uninhabitable and changing weather patterns.
- Forest fires/drought: warmer temperatures means more droughts and drier trees.
- Pests: as trees get drier and temperatures get warmer, more insect or pest species will be able to reproduce and infect forests.
Sustainable Forest Management Techniques
Preserving our current forests is key to slowing climate change and ensuring the future of both raw materials and animal habitats. And this is where sustainable forest management, like Garnica’s, comes into play.
Choose the Right Species
At Garnica, we use poplar plantations, managing the process from planting to harvesting. In addition to being one of the world’s most fast-growing species, poplar absorbs incredible amounts of CO2, purifying both the air and water around it.
Zero Waste Culture
It’s inevitable that the plywood manufacturing process leads to the creation of some waste; the sustainable choice lies with the use of said waste. We integrate by-products into our processes and provide them to other industries to reduce waste and contribute to the circular economy.
We grow and source our wood from local plantations in Spain and France, using poplar, pine, and eucalyptus as our main species. These plantations are located in rural areas; we improve the area’s infrastructure through providing jobs and opportunities to local residents.
At Garnica, we take our commitment to sustainability and sustainable forest management very seriously. The future depends on it; if you’re interested in learning more or using Garnica’s sustainable materials for your next project, find the distributor closest to you here.