Nature’s smart protection technology

Silicon makes straw and reeds strong and rigid.

Petrified wood in Florissant Fossil Beds National Park, Colorado, USA.


Our wood protection is inspired by how nature protects itself using silicon. In other words, nature’s own smart protection technology. The process involves absorption by trees and plants of silica from the soil, which dissolves in water and is then transported in trunks and stalks, where it precipitates and helps strengthen the organism. This same process provides vitality to both the aspen trees in our Nordic woods and teak trees in the rain forests. Similarly, silicon makes straw and reeds strong and rigid. In addition, silicon is endowed with wood-preserving properties. One example is petrified wood, which can be found in many places around the world. The wood in these trees has essentially been replaced by silicon compounds, which has allowed them to withstand wind and weather for millions of years. An extreme test of durability, right?