THE trend material from the forest:
Veneer for a climate-friendly future

Bonn. Climate protection means security for current and future generations. It is a must for all those who act responsibly. However, many people ask themselves what they themselves can do to contribute to climate protection so that the climate-damaging CO2 can be significantly reduced - as demanded by politicians. The Initiative Furnier + Natur (IFN) from Bonn gives a few useful tips on what you can do yourself.

It has been known for more than 200 years that wood extracts CO2 from the atmosphere and stores carbon. Forests are not called "green lungs" for nothing and act as a carbon sink in the climate system. In order to relieve the atmosphere of CO2 in the long term, it is therefore important to manage the forest sustainably, to reforest with tree species adapted to the location and to manufacture wood products. "Wood is a valuable gift of evolution. By behaving prudently, buying wood products and avoiding plastic, we can do a lot to slow down climate change," says Ursula Geismann, Managing Director of the Initiative Furnier + Natur (IFN).

Even small things made from veneer have a positive effect Everyone can make a positive contribution to environmental and climate protection. This starts with the youngest children: sustainable, certified toys made of wood, thick veneer or with veneered surfaces are very much in vogue and introduce children to one of the world's most valuable raw materials through play. And as it is intensively tested before sale, it is a very good choice, especially for the little ones who like to chew on the best of the tree. But veneer is now also a must-have in the adult world: "Many caterers, for example, are leading the way with cutlery or tableware made from veneer. So anyone buying cutlery for a birthday party or the coming barbecue season in the next few months can opt for products made from veneer," says Geismann. If plastic is used, then the highest possible proportion of recycled plastic should be used. "Many retail chains in the food and drugstore sector attach importance to this and label their products accordingly. So always take a close look," recommends the IFN Managing Director. A lot of packaging is also already environmentally friendly today. "Paper or cardboard packaging and veneer sleeves are a good choice. Or you could try a plastic-free supermarket," says Geismann. Wax or beeswax paper is also available to keep the food you buy there fresh. "We also recommend reusable boxes for snacks at school, at your apprenticeship or later at work - made of wood or metal, just like in the past, and therefore very durable."

Veneer products come in all shapes and colors In addition to children's toys, tableware and packaging, there are many other beautiful products made from veneer: pens, mouse pads, keyboards and wireless mice for the office, bicycles, musical instruments, skis, kiteboards, surfboards and longboards for leisure, glasses for perfect vision, eye-catchers in the fashion sector or simply chic lights, furniture or applications in the car: as real wood, veneer is a quality product of particular ecological quality. To produce it, a log is thinly sliced or peeled to create many hundreds of square meters of real wood surface. At the end of their useful life, veneers can be composted. "Veneer is the thinnest solid wood in the world and its most economical variant. Its use as part of sustainable forest management can therefore make a contribution to climate protection that should not be underestimated," concludes Geismann. IFN/DS

These products made from and with veneer include

Cutlery and tableware
Mousepads, keyboards and computer mice
Pencils & pens
spectacle frames
Boxes of all kinds and packaging
Skis, kiteboards, surfboards and longboards
Furniture & lighting
Fashion & accessories
Wall and ceiling paneling, doors and stairs
Applications in vehicle, aircraft and ship construction
Bathtubs and washbasins
Business cards, hotel cards & greeting cards
Musical instruments
Handbags & suitcases
Loudspeakers & headphones

Initiative Veneer + Nature (IFN)
The Initiative Furnier + Natur (IFN) e.V. was founded in 1996 by the German veneer industry and its partners. Today it is supported by European companies from the veneer industry, the trade and the veneer processing industry as well as trade associations of the wood industry. The aim of the association is to promote veneer as a natural all-round material.

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Images 1-3: Veneer is the perfect material for a climate-friendly future. Photos: IFN

January 22, 2024

Images 1-3: Veneer is the perfect material for a climate-friendly future. Photos: IFN v

Images 1-3: Veneer is the perfect material for a climate-friendly future. Photos: IFN

Images 1-3: Veneer is the perfect material for a climate-friendly future. Photos: IFN