Combating Deforestation with Recycling

Senior couple surrounded by treesEveryone has heard of the deforestation of the rainforests, but the threat posed by excess felling of trees occurs globally. Less than 12% of the UK is forest land. Recycling reduces the need for tree felling.

Every year around the world, forest covering an area the size of Scotland is cleared to make way for buildings, farming and to harvest wood for manufacturing purposes. The effect is disastrous for the environment and the people. Plants and animals lose their natural habitat and air pollution worsens.

As trees produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, they serve as the ‘lungs’ of humanity. Their absence increases the likelihood of people developing respiratory illnesses and dying prematurely.

A Person Dies of Lung Disease Every Five Minutes

Every week, 10,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with a lung disease. These shocking statistics mean that one in every five people has respiratory disease and the numbers continue to increase.

Recycling Saves Trees and People

Proper waste management and recycling is one way to reverse this trend. The UK dumps around 4.3 million tonnes of wood waste annually. This waste comes from packaging, industrial, construction and demolition sites. If it was recycled, it would have limited the need for further felling; therefore, protecting the atmosphere and people’s health. Reusing waste wood likewise provides the material for new products.

Products Using Waste Wood

Waste wood can be turned into animal bedding, as well as biofuel for heating and to power eco-friendly vehicles. It can be used to manufacture chipboard and MDF furniture. While manufacturers do buy new wood, it likewise uses a high percentage of recycled woodchip in the MDF furniture that it makes.

Business owners can do their part in saving the environment by recycling all their wood and paper waste. The UK has lost most of its forest lands, affecting the air quality and causing respiratory disease for its inhabitants. Recycling reduces the need for felling and helps preserve resources for future generations.