Who still knows the slogan: “Jute instead of plastic”? The slogan is 40 years old and describes part of the environmental movement at that time.
The terms “grain eaters” or “muesli eaters” for people who consciously ate a whole-food diet based on biodynamically grown food was common.
Those who were concerned with environmental protection and climate change were often called eco, and this designation was not always meant kindly.
My grandfather was a pioneer and ahead of his time when he took the step in the early 70s, away from plastic – towards wood as a material.
Was that easy and welcome?
After realising that combs made of local woods, such as beech, maple, walnut were laughed at by many people and dismissed as inferior, the journey into the world of exotic woods began. My grandfather acquired exotic woods as sustainably as possible and they became a big hit. Until, in the early 80s, with the environmental and peace movement, the quality and beauty of local woods was seen.
A long introduction to the topic of CO2 storage wood and a short introduction to 50 years of wooden comb production, because CO2 is stored in every wooden comb.
CO2 storage wood
Erwin Thoma describes very well in his book “HOLZWUNDER: Die Rückkehr der Bäume in unser Leben” how valuable wood is as a CO2 store.
What do trees need to build wood for trunk and branches?
Carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and water (H2O) make up about 99% of the components from which trees produce wood. The remaining substances are mostly minerals from the soil.
Wood consists of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. Without carbon, these components cannot be built.
Plant respiration and photosynthesis give the tree as much carbon as possible. CO2 is absorbed from the air, via photosynthesis with the addition of water and light, sugar is built from it and O2 is released again.
Year after year, decade after decade, century after century, trees grow, absorb CO2 and release O2.
The denser a wood is, the more CO2 is stored.
1 cubic metre of red beech wood stores 1.24 tonnes of CO2.
This stored CO2 is stored in the wood until it is released again either through combustion or decay.
CO2 storage examples from our workshop:
The maple and cherry wood that we currently use comes from the Würzburg area. The maple tree was a good 100 years old, the cherry tree almost 100 years old.
The maple wood stores about 650 kg of CO2 and the cherry wood about 700 kg of CO2.
If, between the sustainable felling of a tree and its burning or rotting, houses, furniture, kitchen accessories or combs are made from it, then one lives in or with a CO2 reservoir until the product is worn out.
That can be decades.
Our wooden combs are not only CO2 reservoirs.
The production of our wooden combs has not produced any residual waste for 50 years.
Our packaging is made of transparent paper.
The electricity we use has been coming exclusively from our own hydroelectric power for 50 years and what we don’t need is fed into the public grid as renewable energy (the cleanest of the renewable energies).
What is demanded today on a political and social level, we have been living for decades. It is natural for us and we are grateful to work for nature and our earth.