Cubic 33 group commits to global environment
Just two hours by plane from Peru’s capital city of Lima, we touch down on an exotic territory that holds enormous historical and natural wealth: the Central Forest. The Valley of Chanchamayo is known as “the golden gateway” to this region, characterized by immense beauty and fertility. Besides being a locus of increased tourist activity, the Central Forest produces coffee, fruit and hardwood. Here, between Chanchamayo and Puerto Bermúdez, the Cubic 33 Group has acquired 100 acres where, in the first stage of its plan, it will plant 5,000 teak trees.
Teak, wood of the future
The teak tree is native to Asia, but at the beginning of the 20th century the first seeds arrived and were tested in Central America and the Caribbean. Soon Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica and other countries began to harvest and use this resource with great success. Tropical woods are much sought after by industry for their coloring, consistency, and resistance to insects and the elements; as such, the teak is considered one of the most valuable trees in the world. Its striking wood is hard, yet delicate and easily worked. Because it contains silica and produces its own oil, it is resistant to fire, disease, and insect attacks.
The use of teak is becoming more common in all types of industries and is on the rise due to increased population and economic activity. However, it must be pointed out that even though the wood is a renewable natural resource, it does have disadvantages. One is that deforestation occurs when land is used for agriculture or developed for housing; the other is that because of increased demand, even if new plantations continue to be established, production cannot hope to meet global requirements.
Teak wood use is steadily increasing in a variety of industries, such as shipping, construction, and manufacturing of decorative trims, sheathing, flooring, and furniture. According to the ITTO (International Tropical Timber Organization), the value of teak is rising; while over the past thirty years the increase in its price was little more than 8%, the last three years have seen an increase of almost 60%.
The few existing natural teak forests are strictly protected; in fact, they can be found only in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and India. However, the coveted teak wood that we acquire on the market does not always come from authorized and sustainable crops. There are two key links in protecting teak forests and using cultivated hardwoods: the first involves consumers, who must take care to buy certified timber; and the other is the producers, who must be willing to respect the environment and ensure the sustainability of our common home, the Planet Earth.
Currently the international supply of wood is 90% dependent on native forests.
Forestation Projects in the Central Forest
The natural conditions of the Central Forest allow rapid growth of high-value timber trees: along with extensive exposure to the sun, there are temperatures of between 75 and 100° F, rainfall of between 47 to 150 inches per year, and altitudes of 980 to 2,620 feet above the sea level—all of which foster increased, uninterrupted growth, unlike that which is possible in cooler environments.
In fact, the Central Forest has for many decades been a region of considerable economic activity, based on growing coffee, fruit, etc. However, these activities have led to the loss of much of the forest.
When trees are replanted in deforested areas and sustainable production follows, both economic and ecological benefits are obtained as the tree cover is replenished. Among these are:
- Offsetting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
- Achieving a cleaner environment and a more balanced ecology
- Contributing to the preservation of the environment
- Contributing to the growth of rural economies
- Preventing illegal and indiscriminate logging and loss of native forests
One of the companies dedicated to the cultivation of teak and eucalyptus trees is Bánati Bosques, which has a system that allows others to invest in plots located in the 2,740 acres that it owns in the Central Forest. The company carries out intensive forestry management and informs investors about the status and growth of the trees planted on their lot. It currently has investors from, among other places in the world, the United States, France, Japan, and Chile.
Commitment to sustainability and respect for the environment
One of the principal values of the Cubic 33 Group is respect. We believe that respect, in the broadest sense of the word, is a key value. We are aware of this and are committed to:
- Respect for the environment
- Respect for both social and individual rights
- Respect for our own commitments to customers, suppliers, and partners.
By making this investment, Cubic 33 Group is strengthening its commitment to sustainability, local growth, respect for the environment, and lowered risk of the destruction of the planet.
By purchasing 40 acres in the Peruvian jungle, we make the commitment to plant about 5,000 teak trees, and we will eventually plant even more.