Deforestation is turning into a major global challenge. Foreco uses wood from fast growing pine trees to produce a sustainable alternative to hardwood. Foreco has developed a technology that allows for the environmentally friendly modification of softwood with water soluble biopolymers made from bagasse. After modification 'bio-polymerized softwood' - dubbed NobelWood - has properties similar to that of tropical hardwood. Softwood is grown sustainably, and is widely available as a resource; NobelWood is a product from the highest durability class and it is less toxic than most hardwoods.