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300 years of sustainable thinking

It was in the forests of Germany that sustainable thinking began 300 years ago. For generations, the foresters have taken care of the forest with future generations in mind, thus serving as a constant inspiration.

The forest provides us with long walks, great experiences and soothing ambiences. It is a piece of landscape that brings food and shelter to a great variety of wildlife among the stands and the rich vegetation. And when it comes to the Black Forest in the southern part of Germany, it is also an important and inspiring place in terms of sustainability.

Majestic Douglas firs and a great diversity of other wood species are growing to great heights alongside the mighty river Donau with its unique ecosystem. This is where some of the world´s finest foresters have been putting their methods up to task for hundreds of years, applying biodiversity in their everyday calculations.

Smart foresting

Biodiversity is the way of smart foresting, contributing with both money and jobs for local workers. In Germany, they have been very far ahead in biologically smart foresting for 300 years, aiming to secure the growth and future value of the forest.

Hans Carl von Carlowitz identified a major problem regarding the wood shortage during the early 17th century. Understanding that the contemporary way of deforestation was not a durable option, he came up with the concept of sustainable management. Following in the footsteps of this German pioneer, biodiversity and sustainability is today a global matter.

Sustainable foresting involves a constant strive towards preservation of natural assets and maintenance of the ecological balance. In this way, the forest remains a valuable asset with economic, social and cultural benefits.

One tree at a time

An important element of sustainable forestry is cutting down one tree at a time, thus giving the trees a chance to grow strong and live out their total capacity, before they are felled and ready to serve new purposes.

 

We are often in the Black Forest in our search for the very best raw wood, and you only have to spend a few hours with the locals before you understand the magnificence of working with the big trees. The Douglas firs are up to 60 meter tall and 1 meter in diameter and call for skilled people who work with precision when it comes to taking down the heavy trees.

As an old family business, we appreciate the importance of planning for the future. Therefore, we only use raw wood from sustainable forestry where the stands are tended with the greatest care and respect for nature.

That is sustainability in practice. Many of our suppliers are certified under modern international accreditation schemes such as FSC and PEFC. For Dinesen, however, the foresters’ attitude and sense of responsibility carry far more weight than papers and certificates.

Dinesen receives all energy from Nordic wind turbines

As from 2020, Dinesen has chosen to support the production of CO2 neutral electricity by purchasing guarantees of origin from Nordic wind turbines corresponding to our own electricity consumption. This means that our electricity consumption is CO2 neutral, which is an important part of our promise to work towards a more sustainable world.

 

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