OUR CONSERVATION EFFORTS LOWER YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT.
All of Whole Forest's hardwood products are carbon-negative. We know you're motivated to fight climate change, but subscribing to an effective solution can be difficult. That's why we make it easy to lower your carbon footprint. The wood we harvest from the forest intrinsically represents the carbon value of the forest that's been able to remain intact. Though long-term conservation, we continue to prevent mass amounts of carbon from being emitted into the atmosphere. Each purchase allows Whole Forest to expand its area of conservation. Based on the financial return to the forest, we can quantify the tons of carbon a purchase has helped us preserve in the forest. By transferring these carbon benefits to you, our products can largely reduce your carbon footprint and can lower the embodied energy of your project.
Whole Forest's carbon offering is based on our collective effort to conserve Ecuador's rainforest.
Globally, buildings contribute 40% of carbon emissions leading to climate change. Green building, estimated as 15% of the US construction market, is focused on reducing carbon emissions by reducing operating energies, such as heating, cooling, and powering electrical appliances. However, another large source of emissions is the embodied energy from the mining, manufacturing and transporting of building materials, and the construction of the building. Tropical deforestation alone contributes to an additional 15% of global carbon emissions. Once a building is built, you can’t change the embodied energy, which can be more than ten times the annual operating energy. By sourcing Whole Forest products, a green construction project can offset a large part of the embodied energy in both new buildings and in renovation projects.
A typical breakdown of operational and embodied energy during a building's lifespan shows the significant role embodied energy plays in potentially lowering the building's total impact–especially as buildings become increasingly efficient.
In alliance with the Paris Climate Agreement, leaders in the green building industry have started to stress the necessity for lowering a project's embodied energy, in addition to its operational energy. We believe that having consideration for our product's entire life-cycle is imperative in the quest for keeping a livable climate. We also believe the best way to solve "wicked problems" is through dialogue. Contact us if you have any questions, or you'd like to have a conversation about this topic.
THIS IS WHAT SUSTAINABILITY LOOKS LIKE.
Typically, the building market only demands a few highly valuable, "well branded" wood species. Once all of those species have been harvested from a forest, the forest no longer has any financial value to the land owners. In order to continue to make a living, the landowners must clear-cut the land to repurpose it for cattle grazing or agriculture.
Whole Forest creates a powerful incentive for locals near the Chocó Forest to conserve their forest by raising the value of the entire ecosystem. In order to ensure the full diversity of the forest, we cannot harvest trees based on the species. Our products get their distinctive aesthetic by utilizing 30 to 50 tropical species. To be able to deliver a consistent product, we've created a variety of color mixes and patterns. Whole Forest's products are completely one-of-a-kind, and the colors you see in photographs will vary. We'll work with you to create the perfect product for your space because we truly believe every species has a unique value in it's beauty and performance.
By selling products made from the whole forest, we can guarantee the future of the whole forest.