Wood for Sustainability

Dr. Yogesh Sumthane, (M.Sc., Ph.D., M.B.A.), Bamboo Research & Training Centre, Chandrapur, Mob. +91 88062 17979

About 1.6 billion people worldwide rely on forests for their livelihoods which more than 80 % of theoretical species of animals and plants wood is key to creating a circular bio-county many of the modern-day uses for wood date back thousands of years. About 1.6 billion people rely on forests for their livelihoods.

Chances are you see items made from wood. Foredeck, parts of the building you are in, maybe a fruit bowl. Wood is so commonplace we take it for granted. But it also has some surprising woes and crops up in everyday items you might not know contained wood products.

i) Supercar :

The typical supercar buyer might have titanium, carbon fiber, and Kevlar on the checklist wood? Not likely, uncles if forms the expensive trim around the dashboard. The Nano cellulose vehicle is a prototype supercar made from wood products (Ministry of Japan Environment).

But now there’s a supercar made from cellulose Nanofiber – a wood-dried material that is stronger than steel. It was commissioned by the Japanese government as part of a project to explore cutting commission in car manufacturing. It weighs 50 % more than traditional supercars. 

ii) Chewing gum :

While modern-day chewing gum relies on synthetic sap substitutes, it was traditionally made from chicle – milky later from the sapodilla tea. Ancient civilizations such as the Aztecs enjoyed chewing it.   

iii) Water filter :

MIT engineers used xylem tribune from sapwood to create filters that can purify water prototypes tested in India showed that xylem filters could potentially be used to filter bacteria and viruses from contaminated drinking water.

iv) Carwax :

The carnauba wax found in many ear wax brands comes from the levers of the Copernican purifier, a plane tree that grows exclusively in Brazil. It’s harvested by drying and beaching the levers.

v) Skyscrapers :

Timber skyscrapers can be built fester more cheaply and with an environmental impact than traditional concrete and steel structures.

The rock commons Tower in Vancouver has a smaller carbon footprint than a comparable traditional building university of British Columbia construction of Vancouver’s 18 stories Brock commons tower offset an estimated 2,432 tonnes of carbon. It houses students in what is currently the tallest timber building in the world.

vi) 3D printer ink :

Environmentally friendly ink based on cellulose nono-crystals has been created by scientists at Swiss materials science lab Emp. The technology could be used for the 3-D printing of implants and other biomedical applications said by technocrats.

vii) Aspirin :

Willow bark has been used in traditional medicine to relieve pain and treat fevers for or thousands of years. But it wasn’t until the 1800s that the active ingredient- salicin was discovered, which would later form the basis of aspirin.

viii) Sponges :

Ew-friendly domestic sponges are often made from wood-derived cellulose. However, scientists have also used balsa wood to create an oil- laboring sponge that absorbs up to 41 times its weight. It could prove invaluable in cleaning up oil spills.

Conclusion :

Wood needs to protect trees because trees are the main source of wood. Wood will be a key material in creating a circular bio-economy – a conceptual framework that relies on natural capital to manage food, land, and industrial systems, the aim is to achier sustainable wellbeing in harmony with Nature.

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