Sustainable and responsible
forest management

When we talk about using wood in construction, a natural reflex would be to worry about deforestation and the overexploitation of this resource. In practice, however, responsible long-term forest management implies cutting down certain trees (which are then used in industry) to encourage the growth of others.

Wood construction promotes a truly sustainable exploitation of forests, while also reducing carbon emissions.

Wood Shapers has committed to plant 2,000 trees in Belgium in 2020, in partnership with the Société Royale Forestière de Belgique. The SRFB is an ASBL dedicated to the protection and promotion of the forest and its sustainable management. It is responsible for the PEFC certification of private forests in the Walloon Region.

Wood only absorbs
CO2 when it is used.

Our forests and wood
need to be regenerated

The way the carbon absorption cycle works means that a tree absorbs most CO2 during its growth. Sustainable forest management means sourcing the wood at the right time, before it deteriorates and starts re-releasing the carbon into the atmosphere that the tree absorbed during its growth (as part of the natural decomposition process of wood).

Transforming wood into a construction material avoids this by ‘trapping’ the carbon in the material. Wood construction thus has the advantage of having a positive carbon footprint.

The wood used by Wood Shapers is exclusively sourced in Europe to further limit the transportation of this natural resource.

Forest cyclus

A tree whose growth period has ended no longer releases oxygen. Cutting it down creates room for a new tree that will produce some. Transforming a mature tree into a construction material enables to store the carbon within its fibers indefinitely.

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