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Planted forests: the best friends of the environment

Source of preservation of natural resources and guarantee of a sustainable future

Today, the discussion about environmental and sustainability challenges has increased by business, government, and social sectors. The adequacy of production and consumption of products aim to ensure that future generations can enjoy natural resources that are indispensable to life, a climate-friendly environment and renewable energy sources.

The cultivation of planted forests with a focus on environmental sustainability has increased. According to the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá), Brazil is the second country with the largest forest area in the world, with about 7.84 million hectares of forests (1 hectare equals one official football field). Of this total, 7% are sustainable-planted forests of eucalyptus or pinus species. In the matter of soil conservation, its vegetation cover recovers degraded areas, contributes to the supply of water resources and preserves the natural habitat for native fauna and flora. They are trees that develop by combining productivity, balance of the ecosystem and environmental improvement of the communities to their surroundings.

“The presence of trees improves the quality of air, soil and water. Vegetation cover increases the infiltration capacity of rainwater on both surface and groundwater. All this process provides a sustainable chain for the production of materials for the daily consumption of the population”, explains José Marcio Bizon, Forestry Engineer with specialization in Soils, Plant Nutrition and Forestry Engineering (ESALQ) and Silviculture Manager of Bracell – SP. It reinforces that products that use the raw material of planted trees are controlled in origin, which ensures that no native forest has been used in the production process. “Cellulose, one of these raw materials, is used to make writing papers, medicine capsules, acetate goggles, food and even viscose tissue,” he said.

There are studies that already prove that planted forests also contribute to biodiversity. Bizon brings as examples areas with eucalyptus cultivation – in which the cycle is 7 years – that make connection between areas of native forest forming corridors, used for the animals to move safely from one stretch to another. “The more forests planted with proper management we have, the more native forests will be preserved. The planting of the forests is carried out with the minimum movement of the soil and the smallest number of intervention to control weeds, pests and diseases. With this, the environmental impact becomes practically zero, not to mention the great positive impact”, he said.

“In the awareness that the world is becoming more and more populous and the demand for consumption only grows, opting for products that have raw materials from renewable sources is becoming more of a priority for companies and people who care about the future of our planet”, Bizon concluded.

Products of origin of planted forests:

  • Writing paper
  • Toilet paper
  • Packaging
  • Ice cream
  • Medicine capsules
  • Acetate eyeglass rod
  • Viscose tissue, among others.

*merely illustrative images taken from image bank