Poplar

Poplar: an alternative to cotton?

ProPopulus Team A team of Swedish researchers is proposing poplar as an alternative to cotton. Their research aims at replacing cotton fibre for textiles with fibre for textiles from fast-growing poplars. Today, worldwide there are 34.5 million hectares of arable land fit for food crops currently devoted to cotton cultivation. By substituting cotton fibres with…

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The French CNPF encourages forests owners
in Burgundy to grow and replant poplar groves

ProPopulus Team The Burgundy Franche-Comté National Center for Forest Property (CNPF) is encouraging the plantation of poplar groves as well as the replanting after harvesting among forest owners in the region through information meetings on poplar trees. Today, in Burgundy Franche-Comté, about one in three hectares is not replanted after harvest. The CNPF has found…

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The poplar sector also advances toward the circular economy

ProPopulus Team Moving toward a more circular economy is one of the challenges of the European Union for the next decade. Succeeding in replacing the current linear economic system with a circular one could generate many benefits for society. According to the European Parliament, along with other benefits, we could also reduce pressure on the…

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The poplar shines in the architecture festival TAC!

ProPopulus Team The project ‘Chopo Activo’, by the architects Ignacio de Teresa, Lucía de Molina, Xianjun Zhou and Ignacio Hornillos, endorsed by LIFE Wood for Future,  received a mention in the competition for the design of the temporary pavilion at the Urban Architecture Festival TAC! TAC! is a new urban architecture festival that aims to…

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Marjal Chopo de Granada, a brand born to gather Andalusian poplar producers

Propopulus Team A total of 73 Andalusian landowners, most of them from Granada, signed on 14th May, the founding act of the Granada Chopo Marjal Producers Association. Among the members of the group, almost 60% are small owners (between 1 and 5 hectares) and around 15% have more than 20 hectares. During the event, the…

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The “Thanks to Poplar” initiative has been launched in Spain

ProPopulus Team As of 1st May, the “Thanks to Poplar” (Gracias al Chopo, in Spanish) agreement promoted by the Spanish Association of Plywood Manufacturers (AEFCON) came into force in Spain. This agreement transfers to Spain the French initiative “Merci le Peuplier”, launched in 2014 to reverse the reduction in the number of poplar trees in…

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Sustainably managing forests and plantations will guarantee wood supply

ProPopulus Team We are committed to think about how to be more efficient in the production of timber as a raw material. Firstly, natural forests must be managed to harvest the trees at the right age and in the best conditions, to replant them adequately, and, in general, to protect the flora and fauna and…

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Poplar plywood: a good choice for the construction industry

ProPopulus Team In the last ten years, the demand for poplar plywood has increased notably, and the forecast for demand in the coming years is higher than the expected availability. This makes poplar wood plantations and sustainably managed forests a safe bet for the future. Poplars have a fast growth rate, and usually are ready…

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Granada, home to the first Spanish poplar eco-producer association

ProPopulus Team A group of poplar producers in Granada is taking the first steps towards the creation of an association for poplar eco-producers. It will be sponsored by the LIFE Wood for Future programme and will be financed by the European Union, a new tool for the promotion of a poplar bioeconomy in the area.…

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All you wanted to know about poplar wood, but didn’t

ProPopulus Team Poplar trees are among the fastest growing trees in Europe as they can be harvested after 10 to 20 years, also during their growth cycle poplars capture carbon, thus helping in the task of tackling climate change. In addition, poplar wood from sustainably managed plantations and forests is a suitable substitute of less…

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