Sustainability

Lumin Sustainability and Forest Certification

Through sustainable forest management, LUMIN provides products that both meet a wide variety of human needs while preserving a healthy environment. The LUMIN forestlands in Uruguay were the model when developing the first national forestry standards in Uruguay. Our business is driven by a desire to ensure a reliable supply of products from responsible and sustainable sources to our global client base.

Our forests in Uruguay are based on 100% pine and eucalyptus plantations, and our mill in Uruguay uses only wood fiber from our own plantations and other plantations nearby. Our procurement policy precludes the purchase of wood products from forests at risk, which are defined in our procurement guidelines. Lumin supports 3rd party certification of forest practices. Our approach relies on two types of standards: one for environmental management systems, the other for specific practices associated with growing and harvesting trees.

Lumin is Energy Self-Sufficient

LUMIN utilizes each part of the log, converting it to not only plywood, but also uses the residuals as fuel for bioenergy for the on-site boilers, and for supplying energy to industrial process. Our manufacturing mill in Uruguay has a dedicated 10MW Energy plant that produces steam and electricity to make our plant 100% energy efficient. In fact, we produce a surplus of Bio-energy and we sell the excess to the National Grid in Uruguay.

LUMIN is Fully Compliant with the LACEY ACT (2008)

In May 2008 the U.S. passed the world’s most punitive and far reaching “ban” on illegally harvested forest products; declaring this country would no longer traffic in “illegally logged wood”. This landmark legislation was the world’s first ban on trade in illegally sourced wood products and it placed the burden of compliance on the wood products supply chain, and made failure to comply a crime.

LUMIN is EUTR Compliant (2013)

The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) came into force on 3rd March 2013, making it illegal to place illegally harvested timber and timber products on the EU market. The legislation affects all those that first place timber on the EU market as well as traders further down the supply chain. After 3rd March 2013, it has become a crime to place illegal timber on EU markets and all organisations affected by the EUTR have to adopt practices to assure that the timber or timber products they trade and supply are legal, as a minimum.

LUMIN is CARB Exempt

Starting January 1, 2009, California began regulating the formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products (particleboard, MDF, and hardwood plywood) sold in the state or used to make finished goods offered for sale in the state of California. The Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) is known as the “CARB rule.” All products including resins used in the manufacture of composite wood products (including plywood) must fulfil with the regulation to be CARB compliant. Lumin plywood is CARB exempt as it meets the US Department of Commerce Voluntary Product Standard PS1 Structural Plywood.

Finally, if you need further information on any of these issues, please get in touch directly with any of our global staff either through this website, or you can call to any of the numbers provided.

Forest Certifications

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification.