Finland is the most forested country in Europe, forests cover about 75 percent of Finland’s land area. For every Finn, there are nearly 4.5 hectares of forest. Pine, spruce and birch trees are significant features of the landscape. Forests are like water in Finland: ever-present, including in the major cities. Even in the capital city of Helsinki there are sizeable forested areas, some of which are designated nature reserves.
Forests, so much more than just trees
There is something magical about the forest. The Finnish soul has always been linked with the forest. The green colour is calming; the gentle rustling of the leaves and pine needles is like music. Finns feel good in the forest. Not alone, not lost – the forest provides protection and peace. Hiking in summer, cross-country skiing in winter, gathering berries and mushrooms or simply a gentle walk in the woods: these are popular leisure activities in Finland. The forest is simply a part of everyday life in Finland.
Over 90% of Finland’s forests are PEFC-certified. Finnish forests are also to some degree certified within the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) system. All our products can be PEFC- or FSC-certified.
Matter of responsibility
For us at Mini-Maid, supporting responsible forestry is not only a necessity for ensuring raw material of the highest quality.
It is a matter of responsibility and respect for our nation’s green gold.
Contrary to what many believe, few trees are cut down solely for the purpose of producing paper plates. Every tree harvested in Finland is used completely, and our paper plates are actually mostly made from spill-over material, which is material not necessary to any other industry.
Bark, branches & top: renewable energy production
Pulpwood: pulp production and by-products
Sawlogs: wood products
New trees planted
Furthermore, the Finnish forests, covering 75% of the country, are growing at a rate far surpassing logging. The surplus of growth amounts to over 100 million cubic meters per year. Finland also has the highest share of strictly protected forests, 2,7 million hectares, equaling 12% of all forest land.
To ensure the future of the green gold covering our country, four new seedlings are planted for every harvested tree, making sure that sustainability is not just a trendy word used without meaning.