Brazil has suffered from extensive, and often illegal, logging, transforming vast areas of rainforest into pasture and farmland. This transformation has led to a loss of habitat for indigenous wildlife and flora, and reduced the rainforest’s ability to act as a ‘carbon sink’ – that is, to soak up excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and mitigate the effects of global warming. Our licensed, sustainably managed plantations are part of the answer to this problem.
Teak trees are an ideal candidate for sustainable tree plantations. It grows without the need for extensive irrigation, and its natural oils ward off most pests. The natural habitat for teak is South East Asia, but Brazilian farmers have been encouraged to take advantage of good teak-growing conditions for a host of reasons: to promote tree coverage and carbon capture; to stimulate the local economy; to produce exports that bring in foreign currency; and most importantly, to focus on non-native species of timber.
For every tree Green IS harvests, we plant ten more. We are governed by the internationally recognized Forestry Stewardship Council, and our replanting programme ensures that young trees have the chance to grow and ‘lock in’ atmospheric carbon.