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Environment

Our Commitment to the Environment

Telescopic Seating Systems
is Committed to the Environment

Info from Wood Products Association:

Telescopic Seating Systems is concerned about the world that we are leaving to our children and is doing its part to make the world a better place. Our corporate office and distribution center recycle everything possible. We believe in re-purposing materials and do all that we can to help the environment. One example of decreasing our carbon footprint is to minimize the use of plastic wherever possible. Our inner back and seat support panels are made of environmentally friendly plywood. Our chairs are 99% recyclable. Our ductile iron and steel chair structure is designed to last a lifetime and is made from post-consumer recycled product.

ForestsEngineered wood products are a good choice for the environment. They are manufactured for years of trouble-free, dependable use. They help reduce waste by their durability and the disposal costs of wood are less than other materials. Wood is a renewable, recyclable, biodegradable resource that is easily manufactured into a wide variety of viable products.

A few facts about wood

  • We're growing more wood every day. Forests fully cover one-third of the United States and one-half of Canada's land mass. American landowners plant more than two billion trees every year. In addition, millions of trees seed naturally. The forest products industry, which comprises about 15 percent of forestland ownership, is responsible for 41 percent of replanted forest acreage. That works out to more than one billion trees a year, or about three million trees planted every day. This high rate of replanting accounts for the fact that each year 27 percent more timber is grown than is harvested. Canada's replanting record shows a fourfold increase in the number of trees planted between 1975 and 1990.
  • Life Cycle Assessment shows wood is the greenest building product. A 2004 Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM) study gave scientific validation to the strength of wood as a green building product. In examining building products' life cycles - from extraction of the raw material to demolition of the building at the end of its lifespan - CORRIM found that wood was better for the environment than steel or concrete in terms of embodied energy, global warming potential, air emissions, water emissions and solid waste productions. For the complete details of the report, visit www.corrim.org
  • Manufacturing wood is energy efficient. Products made of wood made up 47 percent of all industrial raw materials manufactured in the United States, yet consumed only 4 percent of the energy needed to manufacture all industrial raw materials, according to a 1987 study.
  • Good news for a healthy planet. For every ton of wood grown, a young forest produces 1.07 tons of oxygen and absorbs 1.47 tons of carbon dioxide.
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