CO2 storage wood
Who still knows the slogan: "Jute instead of plastic"? The slogan is 40 years old and describes part of the environmental movement of the time.
The terms "grain eaters" or "muesli eaters" for people who consciously eat wholesome and biodynamically grown food were common.
Those who dealt with environmental protection and climate change were often called eco and this term was not always meant benevolently.
My grandfather was a pioneer and ahead of his time when, in the early 1970s, he took the step away from plastic and towards wood as a material.
Was that easy and welcome?
After realizing that combs made of native woods such as beech, maple and walnut were ridiculed 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 hit. Until then, in the early 1980s, with the environmental and peace movement, the quality and beauty of the native woods were seen.
A long introduction to the topic of CO 2 storage wood and short for 50 years of wooden comb production, because CO 2 is stored in every wooden comb.
CO 2 storage wood
In his book "WOOD WONDER: The Return of Trees into Our Life", Erwin Thoma describes very well how valuable wood is as a CO 2 store.
What do trees need to build wood for trunk and branches?
Carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) from the air and water (H 2 O) make up about 99% of the components from which trees produce wood. The remaining substances are mostly minerals from the ground.
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. CO 2 is absorbed from the air, sugar is built from it via photosynthesis with the addition of water and light, and O 2 is released again.
Year after year, decade after decade, century after century, trees grow, absorbing CO 2 and releasing O 2 again.
The denser the wood, the more CO 2 is stored.
1 cubic meter of red beech wood stores 1.24 tons of CO 2 .
This stored CO 2 is stored in the wood until it is released again either through combustion or decay.
CO 2 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.
Approx. 650kg CO 2 is stored in maple wood and approx. 700kg CO 2 in cherry wood.
If you now also make houses, furniture, kitchen accessories or combs from it between the sustainable felling of a tree and burning or rotting, then you live in or with a CO 2 storage until the product has had its day.
That can be decades.
No residual waste has been produced in the manufacture of our wooden combs for 50 years.
Our packaging is made of transparent paper.
The electrical power we use has been coming exclusively from our own hydropower for 50 years and what we do not need is fed into the public grid as renewable energy (the cleanest of the renewable energies).
What is being 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.