Hardwood for the price of Softwood thru fully owned proper production
Certified wood is still pretty insignificant, however, every time more and more certified timber is being introduced on the market. The pressure is from several sides, from the clients, especially if the client is a governmental client but also the increased international pressure on the Brazilian government.
Thanks to this pressure has Brazil developed its own system of certification which means in practice that wood without this certification simply cannot be released from customs at the time of custom clearance; in other words: uncertified wood is not allowed to be exported.
What is certification
Certification is not simply stopping any kind of
cutting down trees, but a controlled wood cutting instead. This way the
forest do not only remain for future generations but also for the wood
industries itself as well. Timber companies that do not comply with the rules
of the cortication are subject to loose there license.
What is controlled wood cutting
With controlled cutting, first the region must be mapped previous to the actual cut. The mapping is about the
amount of trees, its sizes and its species. Only trees with a diameter of more than 60cm are sometimes allowed to be cut, but only if there are enough of the same specie around in the same area. By cutting an old thick tree the forest is as a matter of fact renewed, the thinner trees are exposed to much more sunlight which vitalizes the whole environment. Before cutting down the tree, all branches are cut in order not to damage neighboring trees.
Cycles of sustainability
An area must be divided in 20 parts in which every part correspond with a year. In the first year one must execute the controlled cut in the first part only, the second year in the second part and so forth. After twenty years all parts are being cut. In year 21 one can start cutting again in the first part because the trees are left untouched the previous 20 years. In this lapse, the trees have become thicker and are suitable for the cut. This way LINAZUL is able to operate only in one area and in one area only. While using the same area time after time, it should be a surprise that this way is not only sustainable but much cheaper as well! That’s the LINAZUL’s mark
The hall marks such as FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), is nothing else than the previous described controlled wood cutting*. Along with the controlled cutting, do the hall marks have the aim of social benefits to the local public. The local residents must have direct benefits in terms of income, work and social benefits (schools, hospitals etc.). LINAZUL prefers in this respect to pay a higher salary directly to the employees. The result is the same and besides LINAZUL and you as a customer enjoy a higher commitment from the employees resulting in a better product quality (less waist) as well. This way LINAZUL automatically comply with the goals of hall marks such as the FSC.
Anyhow, by a sustainable forestry along a above level salaries, LINAZUL saves a lot of money: Certified A1 class wood, the best choice thru the best quality against the lowest price!
*SmartWood “Taller de actualización en Certificación Forestal
Voluntaria FSC”, Bolivia Santa Cruz, 24 junio del 2005