The Platowood cycle: permanent CO2 storage in 5 steps
Throughout our entire process, we take a holistic approach towards protecting the natural environment as much as possible. To minimise our carbon footprint we choose to work with renewable raw materials. Our forests, wood selection, process, finish and waste recycling reflect our core values as a company and our attitudes towards the natural world.
1. Wood from responsibly managed forests
Platowood use fast-growing wood produced in responsibly managed FSC forests. Here the biodiversity, working conditions and rights of the forest workers and residents are carefully considered and protected. In addition to safety and quality, we attach great value to these social and ecological aspects of our product.
2. Unique finishing process
Our unique and sustainable finishing process is called 'Platonising'. The wood undergoes hydro-thermal modification, where it is cooked and baked to enhance its inherent natural qualities. Platowood is the only company in the world that modifies wood using this highly sustainable process without the use of any chemical additives.
3. Quality wood
Platowood provides sustainable, dimensionally stable and highly processable wood. The wood has a rich, natural appearance, which greys beautifully and evenly. All of our wood types are non-toxic, 100% recyclable, weather-proof, maintenance free, dimensionally stable and highly processable.
4. Suitable for buildings and more...
Our thorough finishing process ensures that sawing, milling, drilling, and painting do not affect the wood’s lengthy lifespan. Our wood has an improved sound insulation value, is maintenance free and healthy, as no chemical or poisonous substances have been used. The wood is suitable for various applications, such as cladding, noise barriers, garden design and civil engineering.
The average lifespan of our wood is 30 years. After this, 80% of the wood is re-used for new products and 15% is returned to nature as compost. The remaining wood is burned as biomass and the CO2 that was extracted from the air is released. This, combined with the CO2 from the industry, can be re-absorbed by the fast-growing trees in our responsibly managed FSC forests.