Sustainable, Rare and Hard to Obtain

Olive trees were sacred to many cultures including that of the ancient Romans. According to old texts, abuse of some olive groves was strictly punished. The trees used for Tuscany Olive TreeNew Wood flooring are no less protected now. In Italy, the premiere source of high quality, farm-grown olive wood, the law allows harvesting only when a tree’s production of fruit and oil begins to wane. Harvesting is often done simply by pruning the tree to stimulate new growth, not by cutting it down. Italian olive trees are even monitored through satellite imagery by a special agency dedicated to the task. Every tree is registered. Every log is documented and tracked.

As a result of this protection and the longevity of these nearly “immortal” trees, most trees are not touched until they are between 350 years and 700 years old. This means that each tree has been cared for by generations of olive farmers, and that every plank comes from a tree that lived through some or all of the Renaissance.

It is also important to note that many families of farmers depend on these trees, including the sale of wood, for their livelihood. We hope to help these farmers earn additional income to support their families and communities by working with them to create a product line that fully utilizes all the olive wood harvested each year.

LEED MRc4- Pre Consumer Recycled Material Statement

Tuscany Olive Wood flooring is Agriculturally Salvaged and qualifies for MR credit material under the “pre-consumer” recycled material category. Agriculturally Salvaged material is recognized as an environmentally preferable product in LEED for Homes in LEED v4.