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ccording to the U.S. Forest Service, there were 119 percent more hardwood trees in 2007 than in 1953, with the growth-to- removal ratio of 2.00 (two new trees for every one removed). Want more good news? Each year 1.7 billion trees are planted in the United States - more than five trees for every man, woman and child in America - an average of 4.8 million seedlings each day. Want another factoid? More trees die, fall to the ground and rot every year in our forests than are removed for use by the forest products industry and consumed by the public. So… we are growing twice than what is removed by our industry, we are planting significantly more to expand our forest cover, and we have potential to use even more. What an amazing story. Yet, we continue to receive questions about whether using wood is actually good. Thankfully, we already have a lot of information to resoundingly answer YES. And new collaboration provides a whole new area of opportunity for the wood packaging industry. Groups like the American and Canadian Wood Council, American Hardwood Export Council, American Forest & Paper Association and groups in Europe like FEFPEB and CEI-BOIS (the European Confederation of woodworking industries), have already commissioned numerous studies that continue to confirm wood is good when comparing the use of wood to alternative materials. The first crystal-clear benefit… It doesn't take oil to grow a tree. There is no other commonly-used building material that requires so little energy to produce as wood. Thanks to photosynthesis, trees are able to use an abundant natural resource (i.e. the sun) as it captures CO2 in the air, combine it with water these plants get from the soil to produce an amazing organic material, wood. The second crystal-clear benefit… As a substitute, the planet benefits when wood is chosen for oil-based products. And there are numerous ways to choose wood. According to the CEI-BOIS, here is a great example on the real-life benefits of using wood over alternative materials: "Every cubic meter of wood used as a substitute for other building materials reduces CO2 emissions to the atmosphere by an average of 1.1 ton CO2. If this is added to the 0.9 tons of CO2 38 PalletCentral July-August 2014 T.L.B. FOREST PRODUCTS INC. Contact: Gaétan (Ext. 223) or Oliver (Ext. 226) E-mail: Tel: 450-492-5130 fax: 450-492-5918 1336, Chemin des Anglais Terrebonne QC J6X 4G3 The Canadian Birch Specialist Ready to Nail Pallet Components HARDWOOD LUMBER WHITE BIRCH & ASPEN CANTS AND PRECUT NATURE'S PACKAGING From Cradle-to-grave, Wood Pallets are Environmentally Favorable A 123RF Stock Photo

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