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How much wood is harvested each year world-wide and what is it used for ?

The total world consumption of wood is 3.500 million cubic meters and approx. 55% of this is for use as fuel for cooking and heating. Some 30% is harvested for sawn timber and another 15% is harvested directly for making paper and board. All leftovers from trees cut for the sawmill industry (tree tops, saw dust, etc.) are also used for making pulp and paper.

Not only wood, but everything else from a tree is used. Nothing is wasted.

  1. The natural chemicals within the wood are recovered and made into useful products such as turpentine, food flavorings, plastics, and photographic film.
  2. The bark of the tree is ground or chipped to make garden mulch, or it can be burned in a furnace to generate energy to run a paper mill.
  3. Leaves, needles, and small branches are generally left in the forest to replenish the soil by adding valuable organic matter. This also helps to hold water and prevent excessive run-off on the forest floor.

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