Environmentally Friendly Alternatives

forestry facts

Canada is finding new ways to sustainably use our forests to combat climate change.

Emerging green industries converting wood waste into bioenergy and bioplastics can help grow our green economy by reimagining the resources and products we use every day through a greener, cleaner lens. For example:

  • Wood fibre-based straws and bioplastics can provide more environmentally-friendly alternatives to the single-use plastics currently flooding our landfills and oceans.[15]
  • Wood waste like the debris cleared from our forests and construction sites is being converted into the biomass that help reduce our country’s reliance on fossil fuels.[11]
  • Wood lignin can being used to replace some of the fossil fuel based bitumen used in the asphalt mix to build roads. [31] 
  • Tree sugars can be used in a range of bioplastics with medical applications such as bone implants. [37] 

With over 40% of our country blanketed by forests, renewable, sustainably-sourced wood products can play an important role in Canada’s greener economy. And as a world leader in sustainable management of our forests, Canadians can be assured that our publicly-held forests, and the climate solutions they provide, are responsibly-managed.[7] 



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