Now what kind of a suggestion is that?!? A good one, trust me. It all comes down to global warming and reducing greenhouse gases.
Some background first: When a tree grows, carbon dioxide is processed in the good-old elementary school photosynthesis and stored in the wood as Carbon (while releasing yummy oxygen as a by-product). As long as the wood is not destroyed by biodeterioration (i.e. rotting) or burned, carbon dioxide is not released. As a result, over its lifetime (which can be very long for buildings), wood acts as a natural carbon dioxide storage. While emissions trading might be the latest rage, using wood is a better way to reduce greenhouse gases. The more is actually the merrier here.
The following table, which was just released by the German wood council, shows this very nicely, I think. One caveat: I don’t think, coffins are “made to last”…
|Furniture for a 3-BR Dwelling||1.400||700||2.519|
|Flooring (25 m2)||125||63||227|
|Fence (20 m)||150||75||270|
Source: Holzabsatzfonds, infoholz.de
P.S.: 1 kilogram = 2.205 pounds
P.P.S.: Of, course, don’t put gaseous carbon dioxide into a crib. But you knew that already…