A unique sustainable

beauty concept

The
Boreal Forest

The biodiversity of the boreal forest is an important source of new therapeutic, cosmetics, nutraceuticals and technologic agents. Tree species of the northern boreal forest have to resist to a very aggressive environment; winters where temperatures can drop to minus 50 degrees Celsius and summers where the heat and humidity are very high. These seasonal variations require trees to develop self-defence and protective mechanisms. To do so, the trees of the northern forest synthesize bioactive molecules of interest.

This potential can be revealed through the eco-extraction of forest biomass (wood industry by-products), an abundant, undervalued and sustainable resource.

Certified forests and sustainable management
 

Forests cover 761 100 km² of Quebec territory, 92% of public forest! 49.9 M Hectares. Nearly 90% of the forests in the state domain are now certified according to one of these sustainable forest management standards.

 

ACCORDING TO QUEBEC FOREST INDUSTRY COUNCIL, THE RATE OF DEFORESTATION IN QUEBEC’S PUBLIC FORESTS IS EQUAL TO 0%.

The
wood
industry

Responsible management is especially necessary because the forest industry plays a vital role in the socio-economic development of Québec and its regions. More than 250 municipalities are thought to depend principally on the forests for their economic survival. To stimulate this key sector in Québec’s economy, the government has introduced a range of measures aimed at encouraging investments.

All Quebecers are committed to the sustainable development use of their forests in the best interest of current and future generations

 

Forest
biomass

A few statistics

The forest industry generates a significant amount of co-products at all stages of wood processing (chips, bark, sawdust, knots, etc.). The quantity of biomass produced is estimated at 14 856 600 gmt/year, including 2.4 million gmt/year of bark.

Less than 5 years ago, residual bark was buried underground, due to the lack of knowledge on how to recycle it, leading to severe environmental issues.

Nowadays, the residual bark is burned in order to create renewable energy.

BUT BEFORE TO BURN THIS RESSOURCE…

Tree bark,
source of innovation

THE TREE SKIN FOR YOUR SKIN

The bark is a true protective skin of the tree. The tree concentrates in this skin, a panel of bioactive molecules for resisting external aggressions. These natural compounds synthesized in high concentrations in the bark are easily extractable with organic solvent including water.

The extraction of these compounds before energy combustion is therefore an essential step to value forest biomass at its highest potential.

Recycling tree bark a new industry after wood transformation