• BARK HOUSE® poplar bark

Every item is unique

Poplar trees can grow to heights of up to 45 m, with a layer of protective bark up to 4 cm thick. No more than one in a thousand trees will yield an uncracked sheet of bark large enough to be used for one of our large poplar bark panels. On the hottest days of the year, burly workers head off into the forest to harvest the precious wood. It’s particularly when the weather is hot that the tree is said to be “in sap”, such that the bark can be carefully peeled from the trunk in one piece. Our partner Bark House® has developed a unique process for harvesting the poplar bark in a natural and environmentally-friendly fashion. When the poplar bark sheets are made, the application techniques have to be followed precisely. Bark House®’s five-point quality-control protocol guarantees the precision of the production process.

Afterwards, the bark is carefully transported through the forest, deposited in a kiln, weighed down with heavy weights and thus straightened out.

Once it has been harvested and dried, the bark can be used as one piece, with no need for gluing to a separate backing material. Due to limb scars, bird pecks and the effects of wind and weather, no two bark panels are ever alike. Every poplar bark sheet is unique!

CRADLE TO CRADLE sustainability

Bark House® poplar bark is the first and only product to achieve Cradle to Cradle® Certification at the Platinum (2017–2018) and Gold (2007–2017) levels. “The Cradle to Cradle concept is about perpetual cycles of material use and deliberately specified materials that are good for people and the environment.” (Source: https://c2c-ev.de/c2c-konzept/) 

This vision of sustainable resource use and environmentally-friendly production allows the company to make environmentally-conscious design a reality and to assess it reliably.

As a mark of quality, it also supports customers when purchasing products.

C2C certification is holistically assessed against rigorous requirements using the following criteria:

  • Material health
  • Material reutilisation
  • Renewable energy
  • Carbon management
  • Water stewardship
  • Social fairness

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Do you have one or more specific materials that you’d like to use in your next project or that you’d like to introduce to your client? We’re delighted you’ve been inspired by our products. We look forward to being able to advise you on options for your own tailored product, ideally with specific measurements or dimensioned design sketches.