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The wood from Brazil

Some of our hardest tropical wood comes from FSC® 100% certified forests near Manaus. Harvest quantities are strictly limited and the sale of over 45 different types of wood actively promotes market development for less used tree species.

The Forest & The Sawmill

The certified concession is located in Itacoatiara, 250 kilometers east of Manaus in Brazil. Since 1996, sustainable forestry has been practiced here on almost 500 hectares of forest. The sawmill is in the immediate vicinity.

In the concession, the average harvest is 12m3 per hectare per year in a harvest cycle of 35 years using gentle methods. This corresponds to a harvest of two to three trees per hectare per year. This also means that a piece of land is not cultivated again for 35 years after the harvest, so that flora and fauna can regenerate during this time.

Illegal logging, slash and burn, and agricultural expansion are contributing to the loss of local rainforest. That is why we are particularly careful in Brazil and have compliance with the FSC®® standards for responsible forest management checked three times: by environmental protection organizations, our own unannounced inspections and an on-site agent.

rainforest in Brazil

The Certificate & The Certifiers

We only import wood from Brazil that has been certified by the FSC®®. This ensures responsible forest management and sets an example against illegal manure.

The city

Manaus is the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonia. It is located at the mouth of the Rio Negro in one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. In the period between 1870 and 1910, the city became famous for the rubber boom, as the region was the only supplier of rubber for a long time.

Today the place is mainly known as a touristic starting point for excursions in the surrounding primeval forests. Numerous providers offer multi-day tours to experience the unique variety of plants and animals. In addition, the jungle city celebrates many festivals every year in the midst of numerous historic buildings.

As a free trade zone with tax breaks, the city attracts international companies, making it one of the most prosperous regions in Brazil.


Opera House in Manaus, Brazil

Rural neighborhood in Brazil

The country

Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest country in the world. Its name goes back to the brazil wood and refers to the long Brazilian tradition in wood export.

Today the country is faced with the question of whether economic advancement and environmental protection can be combined. Agricultural monocultures with fodder maize, palm oil and soybeans are increasingly crowding out the rainforest. On the other hand, there are efforts to maintain forest areas permanently with sustainable management and to promote reforestation.

The destruction of the rainforest continues to this day. With a stronger demand for certified wood, the trend should be reversed.

The way of the wood

Our wood from Brazil