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For those wanting an innovative, beautiful and unique alternative to mainstream hardwood choices – plus an environmentally responsible product – an ideal choice is Lyptus Hardwood Products from Weyerhaeuser. As the concern for environmental sensitivity continues, it’s natural that Lyptus products resonate with architects and designers as its unique environmental story, consistent quality, remarkable beauty, dependable supply, and affordability make Lyptus hardwood an ideal choice for diverse high-end applications.

  • Aesthetics — Lyptus is beautiful and comparable to mahogany and cherry in appearance with a fine grain, dramatic figure and rich color.
  • Environmental Features — Non-tropical certified plantations.
  • Availability — Plantation grown, Lyptus is readily available.
  • Value — Lyptus is priced favorably compared against genuine mahogany and domestic cherry.
  • The Total Package — The full range of Lyptus products (lumber, veneer, plywood and flooring) make Lyptus an ideal choice for those who desire the look of an exotic hardwood.

Available for millwork, furniture, cabinetry and flooring, Lyptus features a rich grain that is versatile enough to take a wide range of stains and finishes – for a lighter or darker look to complement nearly every décor. Best of all, Lyptus is competitively priced and comes from non-tropical, certified plantations of eucalyptus trees that may be harvested within 14 to 16 years of planting – making Lyptus products a smart choice for both residential and commercial applications.

Sustainability and Fibria Forests

The eucalyptus plantations supplying the lumber mill are now owned and managed by Fibria — a new company formed in September of 2009 as a result of the merger between Aracruz Celulose and Votorantim Celulose e Papel (VCP). The Aracruz Produtos de Madeira S.A. (APM) mill which produces Lyptus lumber is a joint venture between Fibria and Weyerhaeuser. The Fibria plantations are a mosaic of eucalyptus and native tropical forest which were previously agricultural and grazing lands. Over 30% of these plantations are managed as permanent native forest dedicated to environmental protection. Original species native to the area over 100 years ago have been reintroduced into this ecosystem. The Fibria plantations supplying the APM mill are certified to Brazil’s national sustainable forestry standard, Cerflor. This standard has been endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), a European based international organization that endorses credible sustainable forestry programs. PEFC is the largest global forest certification system and has more than 200 million hectares of certified forest under 35 independent national certification systems.

Eucalyptus trees grow quickly and may be harvested within 14 to 16 years of planting. Lyptus® forests are 11 times more productive on a per hectare per year basis when compared to a temperate forest, which may take 80 to 100 years or more to mature. Lyptus forests also produce 30 times the volume of lumber per hectare per year when compared to an unmanaged temperate forest. Like Weyerhaeuser mills in the United States, the APM mill uses virtually every portion of the log, converting it to lumber and other usable by-products; residuals are used as bio-energy for the kiln drying operations.
Fibria Forests — Plentiful, fast growing:

  • Fibria maintains its own seed bank and nurseries.
  • Fibria forests total 1.3 million hectares, of which 461,000 hectares are native reserves dedicated to environmental protection, in six Brazilian States: Espírito Santo, Bahia, Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul, São Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul.
  • Since 1967 Aracruz Celulose had planted more than 7 million seedlings of native species (that are indigenous to the region).
  • Aracruz Celulose was honored in 1984 with the Marcus Wallenberg Prize from the international scientific community for advancements in the field of forestry.
  • For the third year in a row, Aracruz Celulose was included in the select rank of companies on the New York Stock Exchange’s Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) 2007/2008 that highlights the best corporate sustainability practices in the world.