The relationship between man and wood has been always special. Today, this relationship has passed to another era. Wood consists an essential material for human life, thanks to its capacity to absorb and retain carbon dioxide. By combining this natural property with the low emission rate of pollutants that are generated during its processing and transformation, and by always respecting the management of other materials that are used in the manufacturing process, wood can play a leading role in the battle against climate change.
The management of forests in a sustainable way, allows the forests of the planet to expand, increasing thus the beneficial effects of wood to the environment. Each tree is cut at the peak of its life cycle and is replaced by a sapling which, after growing, will absorb even more carbon dioxide that its predecessor. The hardwood floors continue their beneficial to environment action, even after being installed in a residence. More particularly, they improve the thermal efficiency, balance the humidity of the environment and given the fact that their glues and varnishes are free of toxic solvents, they create the appropriate conditions for a natural and healthy living.
Since the beginning of the previous century, our associated companies manufacture wood products, a process that begins at the heart of a forest. The tradition still goes on until today and has been established, as in the case of the facilities of one of our associated companies (Fontaines in France), where the selection of raw materials takes place with the full compliance with the respective French regulation, achieving thus a sustainable ecological forest management. In France, the laws that regard the protection of wood date back to the 12th century, when wood was the principal raw material for the construction of buildings, as well as in the sectors of shipping and defense. The splendid oak forest of Cîteaux, in the heart of Burgundy, has been planted by Cistercian monks.
The French forestry tradition began in the medieval era and continued with Louis XIV, who established the forest registry, promoting thus the respect, protection and constant regeneration of a huge forestry heritage. The forest management regards a life cycle of 160 years. During this cycle, every tree is numbered and monitored during the different stages of its growth, so that the progressive development of forest areas is ensured.
The old trees that are cut leave behind hundreds of descendants that have already been planted, in constantly expanding facilities. Thanks to the careful forest management during the last century the French forests thrive, doubling their size and tripling their volume.
Through this ancient culture, our associated companies have inherited the knowledge, passion and respect for wood.