It's no wonder people have used wood products for centuries. Wood is
durable, renewable, recyclable, biodegradable, energy efficient and environmentally
What would your life be like without wood? Things made from trees touch
our lives every day. More than 5,000 products come from trees. And there
are many uses for wood that may surprise you. Trees not only provide wood
and paper, but other less obvious forest products such as chemicals and
other materials that are impor- tant ingredients in plastic filler, varnishes,
tooth- paste, shoe polish, foam rubber and much, much more. Tree bark is
used for mulches, soil conditioners, medicines and cosmetics. Once a log
reaches a mill, there is virtually no waste. The entire log is used to produce
either lumber, paper, particleboard products or energy.
Nationally, forest product companies are one of the most efficient of
all manufacturing industries because they use sawdust and other wood waste
to furnish up to 75% of their energy needs.