There's a lot of misinformation out there about whether real wood or plastic composite decking is the greener building product. This site was developed to present the facts as clearly as possible so consumers and builders alike can make better, more informed decisions.
- Redwood forests meet the strict harvesting standards of the state of California - among the most stringent anywhere
- Redwood is the most protected commercial timber species in the world; as a result, California's forests are healthier today than they were just ten years ago
- While plastic composite decking requires a significant amount of petroleum to manufacture, redwood requires only sun, water and soil to "manufacture"
- Redwood is renewable and recyclable. Plastic composite decking, however, ends up in landfills where it will remain for decades
- Because redwood trees grow quickly, photosynthesis occurs at an accelerated rate removing more carbon from the atmosphere
- Redwood absorbs and traps carbon dioxide keeping it out of our atmosphere for the lifetime of the product
- Regenerated redwood forests remove additional carbon from the atmosphere while releasing oxygen
- New! Life-Cycle Assessment: Redwood vs Plastic Composite Decking