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Apple's sustainable forestry strategy branches out
16 August, 2017
Greenbiz
When it comes to environmentally responsible packaging, Apple is not feeling boxed in. The tech giant has just announced the latest expansion of its sustainable forestry strategy, aimed at protecting or creating enough responsibly managed forests to offset its packaging footprint. read more
Meeting Nature halfway: A sustainable future built with timber
14 August, 2017
Rustic homes
Buildings, be they domestic, commercial or industrial, are major consumers of energy the world over and this applies to much more than just their day-to-day running. From basic components, transport, construction, operation and final decomposition after its useful life... read more
Off-grid log home for Nylstroom mountain estate
14 August, 2017
ecolog homes
Located in the pristine Boschhoek Mountain Estate in Nylstroom, House du Preez, an impressive three-bedroom, 400 m bushveld family holiday home, was built using timber frame and log profile cladding, not only to tread lightly on its surroundings, but to pay tribute to the earthy landscape it calls home. read more
Penda + tmber proposal for a timber tower bridges the gap between nature and culture
8 August, 2017
design boom
Head architects at penda chris precht and dayong sun believe that architecture serves as a bridge to connect nature, culture and people to strive for a better quality of living. ‘our cities are an assembly of steel, concrete and glass. if you walk through the city and suddenly see a tower made of wood and plant... read more
Brazil: Exports from the forest sector surpass US$4 billion in the first half of 2017 (+7.3%)
7 August, 2017
IBA
From January to June of 2017, pulp exports rose 6.8% in comparison with the same period of the previous year, reaching 6.8 million tons; exports of wood panels increased by 34.8%, with 597,000 cubic meters directed to foreign markets, and paper exports grew 1% with almost 1.1 million tons traded. read more
Plantation-grown eucalypt timbers transformed into high-end furniture
26 July, 2017
The advocate
Plantation-grown eucalypt timbers are being given a new life through the creation of high-end furniture. The use of the timber, which is typically grown for pulp, was part of the first commercial trial of its kind in Australia, looking at the potential of blue gum and shining gum to create furniture. read more
AWC, AF&PA Support House Passage of Ozone Bill
25 July, 2017
AF&PA
American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski and American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statements following United States House of Representatives passage of the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017. read more
Extended agreement with New Forests Company
25 July, 2017
Dolphin bay
We are extremely pleased to have extended our agreement with New Forests Company (NFC) to include Tanzania, making us the sole supplier to the NFC group in Africa. Dolphin Bay previously supplied NFC's operations in Rwanda and Uganda. read more
Concrete from wood
25 July, 2017
Physorg
Houses can be made of wood, as they were in the past - or of concrete, as they are today. To build for tomorrow, the two building methods are being combined: These hybrid structures, which contain both wood and concrete elements, are becoming increasingly popular in contemporary architecture. read more
3D printing with plants
24 July, 2017
Friday Offcuts
Engineers have developed a way to use plant cellulose as a feedstock for 3D printers - a solution researchers say is not only environmentally friendly but could also be cheaper and stronger than conventional alternatives. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) post-doc Sebastian Pattinson... read more

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