BYWUD explores the three pillars of sustainability through ecologically correct, economically viable and socially fair ideas, strategies and attitudes.
The three main pillars are social, economic and environmental.
In order to develop sustainably, a company must act in such a way that these three pillars coexist and interact with each other in a fully harmonious way.
By using forests in a sustainable way, we guarantee the preservation and maintenance of the environment, since deforestation is the greatest threat to tropical forests. As long as the forest generates income for the local population, the forest will remain standing forever. So, if we don't use the wood from the forest, we will lose the forest.
Sustainable forest management is the key to safeguarding the future of forests around the world.
Forest sustainability, what is it?
Think of the forest as a garden, where pruning is done, flowers are picked and thus guarantees space for new seedlings to develop in the sun. This care ensures that your garden remains healthy and always in bloom. In sustainable forest management it is the same - we harvest mature trees leaving room for new ones to grow.
In tropical forests, 1 hectare can contain 500 to 1000 trees. Sustainable forest management means harvesting 1 to 3 trees per hectare every 25 years.
Like any other living being, trees are born, grow, mature and die. A tree absorbs the most CO² as it grows. Sustainable forest management implies that a tree is harvested before its quality starts to deteriorate and releases stored CO² back into the atmosphere.
At the same time, tree harvesting will generate free space in the forest and allow newer trees to grow. By turning a mature tree into building material, carbon is stored in its core forever.
When purchasing wood from sustainably managed forests, before the raw material is harvested, the owner of the area carries out studies surgically identifying which trees would be removed and how they will be harvested:
• Only mature trees are put down;
• Young trees are protected;
• Older trees with seeds are preserved.
Sustainable forest management implies that companies that harvest trees have specific licenses with a certain duration for a certain area. During the entire license period, the exploration area is inspected and environmental agencies monitor field work through satellite images and technical reports. After the plan is executed, the area is isolated, so that the trees, when removed, make room for new vegetation, thus guaranteeing the renewal of the vegetation cover and the maintenance of biodiversity.
“Sustainable forest management means using forests and forest lands in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regenerative capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfill, now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic and social functions, at local, national and global levels, which does not cause harm to other ecosystems.”
(UE 2013, Forest Strategy)
The economic value of the forest becomes an essential pillar to safeguard its future, avoiding the risk of conversion to other uses, such as agriculture, plantations, mining and construction. And of course, with this permanent control, burning is avoided and big fires are prevented, one of the biggest catastrophes that can afflict a forest.
Wood is a living material that lasts more than a generation when properly applied in your home. It is beautiful, ecological, recyclable and biodegradable. BYWUD will continue to promote a well-managed forest by ensuring that it continues to provide its resources for future generations.