Life cycle flow diagram
By significantly increasing the durability and dimensional stability of readily available fast growing softwoods Rhino Wood provides an unique environmental advantage when compared to commercially available forest hardwoods.
The diagram below illustrated the benefit of Rhino Wood in an environmental point of view at each stage of the timbers life cycle. Adding to this the compound we use to modify Rhino Wood was destined for landfill and contains absolutely no harmful chemicals means Rhino wood will not only last longer but is the environmentally responsible choice when it comes to timber use.
A vast majority of hardwoods used in regular domestic and commercial applications are sourced from virgin tropical rain forest and woodland. These forests are diminishing at alarming rates as a result, even when ‘selectively logged’ the disruption to overall biodiversity is irreversible. Deforestation is the second largest contributor to carbon emissions, and has been identified as a key driver of climate change.
Rhino Wood only uses pine sourced from sustainably managed FSC accredited plantations within South Africa. For every tree harvested at least two are planted.
The compound used during the patented process is a bi-product usually destined for landfill. By up-cycling the compound Rhino Wood is further contributing towards environmental stewardship.
The final product contains zero toxins and no volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), while sharing almost all the same physical characteristics as a traditional hardwood.
Rhino Wood can be used in all the same applications as timber sourced in our ever diminishing natural forests.
Rhino Wood requires no special disposal, and can be left to biodegrade or disposed like any natural timber, without having any negative impacts on the immediate environment.