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Swedish Forest

Where the future grows.

Imagine how many great, climate-smart
things can be made of wood!

Imagine how many great, climate-smart things can be made of wood!

The forest, its trees and wood are all amazing. Every tree is a part of nature’s cycle, where the growing tree captures carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at the same time. Products made of wood and other materials derived from the forest will then continue to store CO2 until they’re used for energy or decompose naturally. The CO2 then finds its way back to the atmosphere for new trees to absorb. In Sweden, where at least two new trees are planted for each one used, the forest is continuously expanding.

It’s no news that wood is used for beautiful furniture, flooring, packaging, cardboard, and paper. But did you know that skyscrapers, clothes, soft soap, and make-up could also be made from Swedish forests? Not to mention all the new innovations being developed, such as transparent wood, batteries, bulletproof vests... plenty of climate-smart solutions indeed.

The more forest, the better

How many smart forest-made items can you spot in our new film? It’s at least 25! Sunglasses, a door, packaging, a pair of sneakers, furniture, smart clothes made of viscose and Tencel…to name a few. How many forest-made items do you have in your home?

From dishcloths to fancy clothes

Probably you possess more objects from the forest than you’re aware of, and as the demand for alternatives to plastic and metal grows, more are constantly added to the market. To 70%, the land area of Sweden is all about the forest. As long as it is maintained in the right way, there’s no end to the renewal power of the woods.

Green is the dream – and good for the climate!

You probably own more items that come from the forest than you’re aware of, and as the demand for alternatives to plastic and metal increases, more products are added to the list. Today, 70 % of Sweden is actually covered in forest and as long as its properly cared for there’s no stopping its continuous growth and renewal power.

Silence - work in progress

Every minute, around the clock, seven days a week and 365 days a year, the forest works for the climate. The forest cannot save our climate on its own, but is part of the solution. The Swedish forest binds at least 50 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year as it grows, and once a tree is fully grown it can be manufactured into houses, packaging, materials and other climate smart things. At the same time, new trees are constantly being planted so that the forest's renewable power never runs out as long as we care for it in the right way.

How much CO2 does the Swedish forest capture?

The forests of Sweden capture approximately 50 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year. 43 million of that carbon dioxide is captured by growing trees, and 7 million is stored in long-lasting wood products.

(The figures are based on data from 2017 from Skogforsk, The Scientific Institute of Swedish Forestry).

Silence - work in progress

Every minute, around the clock, seven days a week and 365 days a year, the forest works for the climate. The forest cannot save our climate on its own, but if used in the right way it will be part of the solution.

High levels of forest are good

How many smart things made from the forest can you see in our new film? Well, you’ll get a glimpse of at least 25 of them. Sunglasses, a door, packaging, sneakers, furniture, smart clothes made of forest material like viscose and Tencel. What’s your level at home?

From dishcloths to fancy clothes

Probably you possess more objects from the forest than you’re aware of, and as the demand for alternatives to plastic and metal grows, more are constantly added to the market. To 70%, the land area of Sweden is all about the forest. As long as it is maintained in the right way, there’s no end to the renewal power of the woods.

A wooden bottle! Amazing!

Bottles made from wood may be an alternative to glass and plastic in the future. Researchers are working to develop and test this idea so it can become a reality.

Packaging

Today no less than 173 kilos of food per individual in the EU is being thrown away every year. The fact is that a third of all the food produced in the world is not being consumed. The forest product packaging of the future will itself be able to tell you the condition of the food it contains. It will be active, intelligent and digital, and thus help reduce food waste at the same time that it makes everyday life easier.

Clothes

We’ve been making clothes from forest fibres for many years now, but new manufacturing methods mean you’ll find clothes produced from the forest in a growing number of shops. They’re recyclable and soft as moss.

Chemicals

By breaking down wood into small components it is possible to create new materials. It is even possible to produce chemicals that can be used in the pharmaceuticals industry, for example. We can also extract tall oil from the forest for use as fuel in cars and other vehicles.

Cosmetics

Using the forest to make cosmetics might sound odd, but many creams and cosmetics already contain moisturising substances that come from the forest.

Tough materials

The materials offered by the forest range from soft and light, to hard and tough. Wood in the form of nanofibres is as strong as Kevlar – five times stronger than steel and can be used in car bodies, bicycle helmets, yacht sails and even bulletproof vests.

Plastic film

There are many plastic-like biomaterials in our shops and homes, including those made of sugar cane and corn. In the future, plastic from the forest will also be available. You should simply be able to use a biodegradable paper bag for water without breaking it.

Batteries

Batteries are fantastic, but many of today's batteries have the problem that they contain environmentally hazardous substances. Swedish researchers are currently looking at how the forest can solve this problem and. They look extensively at Lignin, a substance that can store electricity. Lignin makes up about a quarter of a tree.

Climate-smart materials from the forest, an alternative to oil and plastic

Innovation that’s branching out. Despite its age, the forest is used to make some of the most modern items. Researchers are working on a number of exciting projects. Some are for the future, while others are already a reality. The forest cannot save our climate on its own, but if used in the right way it will be part of the solution.

Summer campaign 2020

Have a look around your home – how many items come from the forest? More than expected? Good. Since the forest and its wood bid CO2, it’s a climate-smart material.

Spring campaign 2020

It is a new decade, but the Swedish forest, which covers 70% of Sweden's area, is working with the same force as before. The forest binds at least 50 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year as it grows, it is used and is replanted.

Autumn campaign 2019

The forest alone cannot save the climate, but is part of the solution. The Swedish forest binds at least 50 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year as it grows.

Summer Campaign 2019

Green is great, especially for the climate! Every year, at least 380 million trees are planted in Sweden, and 70 percent of the land surface is covered in growing forest.

Spring campaign 2019

Hard, soft, big, small or transparent? Climate-smart materials are some of the forest's many innovations. The forest alone cannot solve all climate challenges, but the forest as a material is in many areas an alternative to oil and plastic.

Autumn campaign 2018

The forest does not only give us a beautiful nature, it also makes our society greener. The forest can’t solve the climate challenges on its own, but innovations from the forest are in many areas an alternative to oil and plastic.

Summer campaign 2018

During the summer of 2018, all the little green heroes in the forest are noted - more than 240 million peaceful plants are planted in Sweden every year, all contribute to the climate.

Spring campaign 2018

As the forest grows, it absorbs carbon dioxide which improves the climate. Once it’s reached maturity it can be used to make low-carbon, recyclable products. The season's campaign continues to tell about the unique role the forest has for the climate.

Autumn campaign 2017

Where the future grows.
To spread knowledge about the Swedish forest and to show what you and I can do with it, the short film "Swedish Forest – Where the future grows" was released in October 2017.

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Renewable superpower

As the Swedish forest grows, it absorbs carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which improves the climate. While it grows we can spend time in the forest, making the most of its magical power and tranquillity. Once it’s reached maturity, after 60–120 years, it can be used to make low-carbon, recyclable products.

The forest is constantly growing, which means its renewable power will never run out, provided it is managed and nurtured correctly. For a long time now, Sweden’s forest owners have been planting at least two new saplings for every tree felled. Sweden is made up of 70 percent forest and we now have twice as much forest as we did 100 years ago.

Facts and research

We’ve put together several links here for anyone wishing to delve deeper into the Swedish forest.

About Svenska Skogen

Svenska Skogen is an initiative that aims to give a voice to the forest in Sweden today. Because while fewer people are now directly involved with the forest in their everyday lives, it is becoming increasingly important in creating a sustainable society. We want to highlight the advantages and significance of the forest for Sweden and its people. The forest is actually part of many of the solutions for a lower-carbon world.

The Svenska Skogen initiative is supported by a number of organisations: LRF Skogsägarna, Skogsindustrierna, Bergvik Skog and Sveaskog, along with many other forest companies and forest owners who are actively involved in forests and forest products in their day-to-day business.

Contact

If you have any questions about the Svenska Skogen initiative, you can contact asa.bihl@skogskom.se or cecilia.boman@skogskom.se