There are three basic types of urban wood:

  • Salvaged wood from urban trees, like street and yard trees
  • Reclaimed wood from the deconstruction of buildings and structures, like water tanks
  • Recycled wood from used wood products like pallets and furniture

Each of these can serve as excellent alternatives to using new (fresh-cut) forest wood.


Urban wood sustainability

When urban wood is produced and used locally, it bypasses the greenhouse gases produced during shipping. These transportation greenhouse gas emissions can be substantial, especially for imported products. The most notable benefit of urban wood use is its potential to alleviate the demand for the world's old-growth and endangered forests, as furniture and flooring alone account for a substantial portion of global wood and wood product demand. Moreover, urban wood use will stimulate local economies by creating new green products and jobs, making them more circular, and foster a greater sense of community pride.


In the United States alone, roughly 25 million tons of urban wood waste come from street and yard trees and lumber from building demolitions. So, the benefits of using urban wood are especially apparent today.


Your choice of urban wood will have a significant and positive impact on the health of the planet and our children's future.