BYWUD explores the three pillars of sustainability through ecologically sound, economically
viable and socially just ideas, strategies and attitudes
The three main pillars are social, economic and environmental. To develop sustainably, a
company must act so that these three pillars coexist and interact with each other in an entirely
By using forests sustainably, 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 remains standing forever. So,
if we don't use wood from the forest, we lose the forest.
Sustainable forest management is the key to guaranteeing the future of forests around the world.
What is Sustainable Forest Management?
Think of the forest as a garden, where pruning is done, flowers are picked, which guarantees space for new seedlings to grow in the sun. This care makes your garden remain healthy and continuously flowering. In Sustainable Forest Management, it's the same - we harvest the mature trees leaving room for the new ones to grow.
In tropical forests, 1 hectare can contain between 500 and 1000 trees. Sustainable forest
management means harvesting 1 to 3 trees per hectare every 25 years.
Like any other living thing, trees are born, grow, mature and die. A tree absorbs as much CO as it grows. Sustainable forest management implies that a tree is harvested before its
quality deteriorates and releases the stored CO2 in return into the atmosphere.
At the same time, harvesting the tree generate free space in the forest and allow younger trees
to grow. When turning a mature tree into a building material, carbon is stored in its core forever.
When acquiring forest wood with sustainable management, before the raw material is harvested,
the owner of the area performs studies identifying surgically which trees would be removed and
how they are harvested:
• Trees are explored so as not to exceed a permanently sustained exploitation rate.
• Young trees are protected.
• Older trees with seeds are preserved.
Sustainable forest management implies that companies that harvest trees have specific licenses
with a particular duration for a certain area. The exploration area is inspected during the entire
license period, and the environmental agencies monitor the fieldwork through satellite images
and technical reports. After the plan has been 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
According to Estratégia Florestal, UE 2013: "Sustainable Forest management means using forests
and forest soils in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration
capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfil, now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic
and social functions, at local, national and global levels, which does not harm other ecosystems."
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, fires are avoided, and big fires are prevented, one of the
biggest catastrophes that can afflict a forest.
Wood is a material that lasts more than a generation when applied correctly in your home. It's
beautiful, ecological, recyclable and biodegradable. BYWUD continues to promote a wellmanaged forest by ensuring it remains to provide its resources for future generations.
WE ARE FSC 100%
The license to use the FSC® Brand was one of the first decisions at the beginning of the development of the BYWUD project and allows us to communicate that the products we sell are FSC® 100%, that is, they come from responsibly managed forests with FSC® certification.
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an international forest certification system that makes it possible to identify responsible sources of wood, paper, cork and other forest-based products. FSC® Standards are recognised worldwide for their environmental, economic and social benefits.
How does the FSC ® system work?
Independent Certification Entities are accredited by ASI (Accreditation Services International) to audit and certify by FSC® rules and procedures. Forests certified by the FSC® are audited according to national standards, considering the local socio-economic and ecological context, while guaranteeing all the Principles & Criteria for Responsible Forest Management requirements. In the value chain, organisations operating between the forest and the final consumer must apply for FSC® certification, allowing them to make claims and label their FSC® products. Merchants who only promote FSC® products and services can choose for Chain of Custody certification or a Promotional Use License for the FSC® Brand (authorisation granted by the FSC® itself). FSC® certification allows consumers to identify and choose products that support responsible forest management.
FSC® defines requirements for:
• Preserve high conservation values of forest spaces.
• Protect natural habitats.
• Respect the rights of workers and local communities.
• Maintain the forest's environmental, economic and social functions.
To ensure you are purchasing certified products, check the certified organisations, license validity and scope of the certificate in the FSC® public research database at www.info.fsc.org.