LignoLoc compacted beech wooden nails are a sustainable alternative to glue and metal nails. They consists of a magazine of nails, which can be used for industrial or ecological construction projects. The hardness (tensile strength) of these wooden nails are comparable to aluminium nails. Therefore it is possible to drive the nails in with a hammer, without pre-drilling. Thus saving time due to multiple changes of drill bits on the power tools. The LignoLoc pneumatic nailer is recommended because it generates a large amount of heat by friction and welds the nail with the surrounding wood.
The carbon footprint of these nails was researched by the University of Vienna. It was found that even though the nails contain resin, the carbon footprint is below zero. This means that the complete manufacturing process of the nails emits less carbon dioxide than that already saved in the beech wood used. Due to the Austrian Forestry Act (one of the strictest forestry laws in the world). Productivity, regeneration and biodiversity are maintained now and in the future. As a result the Central European beech wood used for these nails is preferable to iron ore as raw material from an ecological standpoint.
In addition unlike metal alternatives these nails are hardly visible. Therefore they do not bleed into the wood or streak. Furthermore, compared to wooden dowels, these nails are much easier to install. During disposal these nails can be recycled or reclaimed with the wood itself and no separating process is necessary.