Yes, You Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint With Reclaimed Wood


As a society, we’re all becoming more aware of just how important our choices as businesses, groups, and individuals are and how they affect our planet and its environment. As a supplier of sustainable reclaimed wood, we’re proud to offer a product that is both unique for our customers and ecologically friendly.

Reclaimed Wood Wall behind a chair and lamp.

Before Centennial Woods began reclaiming them, Wyoming snow fences were purely built to direct snow away from roadways and highways. When the fences were replaced, the boards were burned or thrown in a landfill. Today, we reclaim the wood for exterior siding, home decor, and distressed wood walls. Wyoming's intense weather conditions are ideal for producing sustainable and stunning weathered wood. The Wyoming climate is so intense that our wood has no need for the energy-intensive process of kiln drying. Kiln drying is used to the reduced the moisture content of lumber and kill any insects living in the wood. By skipping this process Centennial Woods’ reclaimed wood becomes a carbon negative product.

What is Carbon negative, you ask? Keep reading.

Sunset on a snow fence.

Due to the altitude and low humidity of our high plains and mountains, the wooden panels used for snow fences are perfectly dried by the sun and wind. This natural drying process bypasses the energy-intensive need for kiln drying.

Because our wood never has to go into a kiln, we actually remove more carbon CO2 from the atmosphere than Centennial Woods is responsible for creating. This is known as “Carbon Negative”.

Even when shipped overseas our wood arrives carbon negative, because it has never had to be in a kiln. As a result, we have repurposed more than 18 million feet of reclaimed wood as of the end of 2016, and have avoided more than 18,000 tons of CO2 emissions as of the end of 2017.

Reclaimed wood wall and view of a vista.

In addition to being carbon negative, Centennial Woods reclaimed wood is FSC® Recycled 100% and contributes toward satisfying Credits MR3, MR4 and MR5 under LEED®. Unlike most barn wood or salvaged building planks, our repurposed wood has never been chemically-treated or painted; meaning no harmful off-gassing, lead paint, insects, or other contaminants will make its way into your home or business. In addition, you can always order more wood from us in the future and know that it will be consistent in color, quality, and dimensions.

Learn more about why you should choose Centennial Woods as your reclaimed wood supplier here.

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