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BIRCH TREE BARK

A renewable raw material with outstanding qualities:
for thousands of years, birch tree bark’s technical significance had been comparable to that of modern-day plastics which eventually pushed it out of the market. We are happy to contribute to its comeback.

Qualities

Birch tree bark contains high quantities of betulin and suberin which are primarily responsible for its outstanding qualities. As of late, both of these substances have become highly valued in the field of pharmaceutical research and natural skincare.

The 5.5 pH-value of birch tree bark is the same as that of human skin. The bark’s slightly acidic coating has the same function as human skin – a natural protection against germs. Biologically, this is an advantage for all applications in which the material comes in contact with human skin. Similar to a handshake, our skin does not register bm1 as anything strange, let alone dangerous. 

Our (patented) manufacturing process enables us to ensure that all the substances contained in the birch tree bark are well preserved and can fully suffuse their positive qualities in our materials.

History

Learning from indigenous peoples: in all environments where birch trees are native, the indigenous peoples valued its bark for its technical, hygienic, and medicinal properties.

Handle material

Birch tree bark is still commonly used in Northern Europe as a handle material, particularly for knives. (We have further developed this traditional stacking technique and made it applicable to modern products.)

Containers for storing food

Containers for storing food: grains, bread, and even fresh produce remain fresh longer. The famous Tyrolean Iceman ‘Ötzi’ preserved his provisions in containers made from birch tree bark too.

Building material for boats

Birch tree bark has been used as a building material for boats in many cultures. The most widely-known example of this is probably the canoes of the North American indigenous peoples: the fast, maneuverable, and notably stable, ultra light constructions that in many aspects have not yet been superseded even by contemporary composite constructions

Birch tar

Being a powerful glue, birch tar was already in use during the Neolithic Age to attach arrow tips to shafts, and to repair broken clay pots.

 

The list of applications could go on forever: roof covering and insulation material, backpacks, footwear, writing ‘paper’, insect repellent, leather care and last but not least a wide array of medicinal applications.

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