Stewardship
& Sustainability

"When we use the tree respectfully and economically,
we have one of the greatest resources of the earth.
It is a beautiful material, friendly to man;
the supreme material for his dwelling purposes.
If man is going to live, he should live with wood."
~Frank Lloyd Wright

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A CO2Solution: Wood Products

Wood is the best choice for your home base and your home planet. Forests convert carbon dioxide into oxygen as they grow. When forests are harvested and replanted, the cycle begins again.

Half of the dry weight of wood is carbon. Wood buildings, windows, doors, mouldings, furniture, toys, etc., store carbon throughout their lifetime.

Wood is renewable, recyclable, and sustainable. Other building materials – such as steel, concrete, vinyl, and plastic – deplete non-renewable resources, consume more energy to extract and manufacture, and create more water and air pollution during processing.

Renewable, Recyclable, Sustainable Wood
ponderosa pine forest

Buying Green

Bright Wood gives customers the option of buying Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certified wood so you can show your customers documentation that their wood came from responsibly managed forests.

We also use California Air Resource Board (CARB)-compliant Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) exclusively.

Solid pine pation door rail
Electricians working on an electrical panel

Saving Energy

Bright Wood began working with the Energy Trust of Oregon to reduce our energy consumption in 2012. Our Madras and Redmond sites have saved over 6.9 million kilowatts of electricity at last count.

Shutting off machinery and lights when not needed, plugging compressed air leaks, and replacing metal halide and T8 lights with LED versions are some of the ways we lessened the amount of electricity we use to get the job done.

New high-speed doors reduced how much natural gas we use to heat our finger joint plants. Keeping more heat inside the plants ensures glue and wood are at the optimal temperature for processing.

 

More Products = Less Waste

Bright Wood's extensive product list and manufacturing capabilities allow virtually all our inbound lumber to be incorporated into an outbound product. The remaining sawdust, shavings, and wood chips are collected for use in particleboard, door skins, and house siding.

Inbound pine lumber