60+ Essential Wood Products Made Possible by Canadian Forestry

60 essential daily products made possible by Canadian forestry

Forests are where Canadians love to live, work and play. Covering ~40% of Canada's land, forests have become deeply ingrained into the everyday lives of millions of Canadians. It makes sense; approximately 23 million of us live in or near forests, about two-thirds of Canada's total population.

Thankfully, our forests have afforded Canadians the opportunity to develop a flourishing forestry sector. Canadian forestry began in the early 20th century and has since evolved into a highly-technical and sustainability-focused industry.

Wood is a foundational material for all aspects of modern life: buildings, transportation and industrial equipment to name a few examples. Certain uses for wood have now been replaced by goods made from mined materials and petroleum products, but the importance of wood in Canada and across the globe has not diminished.

Wood & Sustainability

everyday products made from Canadian wood - toothbrushes

Today, wood is increasingly being seen as a sustainable material and an alternative to plastics. As a result, the material is being used to replace thousands of traditionally plastic products such as toothbrushes, children's toys, and even laptop frames.

Wood products are not limited to the benches, desks, and pencils that we use every day either. Instead, central wood components such as cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin help produce products that don't resemble wood at all! For example, cellulose produces rayon, commonly used in blankets, towels, bedsheets, and clothes. In other words, wood by-products are hidden in many everyday essentials!

What else is wood used for in our daily lives? Here is a list of 60 everyday products made from Canadian wood!

What Does Wood Make? 60 Everyday Products

everyday products made from Canadian wood - house

Television screens

Mulch

Fences

Board games

Hockey sticks

Paper grocery bags

Clothing

Billboards

Nail polish

Snowshoes

Birdhouses

Benches

Kitchen utensils

Desks

Cleaning wipes

Skis & snowboards

Art

Coffins

Safety rails

Cribs

Makeup

Books

Towels

Pianos

Bed frames

Picture frames

Flooring

Unique building architecture

Gardening planter boxes

Chopsticks

Coat racks

Ladders

Guitars

Hiking stairs

Paint

Medications

Golf tees

Patio

Building blocks

Swings

Sleds

Bookcases

Crutches

Matches

Cutting boards

Dollhouses

Coffee tables

Paper

Drums

Baseball bats

Hot tubs

Canoes

Playground

Clocks

Patio furniture Cabinetry

Toothbrush

Flooring

Shelving Outdoor decks & patios

 

These products are integral to life in the Canadian home and in those abroad. According to sources, 60 per cent of Canadian lumber is exported internationally for use in construction, manufacturing and other applicable sectors. 

Canadian Forestry Quick Facts

300 communities in Canada are dependent on forestry for jobs and income

  1. Lumber is one of the highest-value and highest-produced products in our forestry industry.
  2. Canada's forestry industry has reduced its GHG emissions close to 70% since the 1990's.
  3. Canada is the fourth largest exporter of forestry products.
  4. Canadian forestry companies replant every single tree that is harvested. Less than 1% of available timber is harvested each year.
  5. In 2020, the nominal GDP of Canada's forestry sector was $25.2 billion.
  6. Forestry management guidelines, government regulations, and industry innovation have led Canada's industry to have one of the best environmental records globally.
  7. In 2021, British Columbia employed the most forestry workers of any province, at 19,400 Canadians. That's a lot of forestry families and communities!
  8. The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) reports that the country's forestry products sector directly employs 225,000 Canadians and indirectly employs another 600,000

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Canada's forests support our communities in a multitude of ways. Through employment, essential products, and outdoor adventures - each day we reap the benefits of our beautiful forested landscapes found across the country.

As the global leader in sustainable forestry practices, we can confidently say that Canadian forestry is the best in the world! Learn more about why this matters by joining our conversations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram today – hope to see you there!

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