Biogemme is revolutionising the way pine resin is collected

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The Biogemme® programme, developed by Holiste in the forest of Aquitaine, has introduced a new, more efficient and more environmentally friendly method of collecting pine resin. Respect for environmental criteria underpin the way Holiste wants to manage the entire process of transformation of the resin, from the time it is tapped until its use in the Bol d’air®. Resin is the core ingredient of Orésine®, the essential oil used in the Bol d’air®.

Resin, the raw material of Orésine

What is resin? Resin is a sap from certain trees and plants in this case from maritime pines (Pinus Pinaster) that is collected by tapping into the bark of the tree. When distilled it produces rosin and turpentine oil, used in the chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries and also in aromatherapy.

Which resin does Orésine use? To make the Orésine used in the Bol d’air, Holiste uses top quality essential turpentine oil that comes from the pine forests of the Landes and the Atlantic coast (Aquitaine and Portugal). lts composition is analysed in a laboratory by a certified body and its organic credentials are guaranteed by Ecocert.

Tree tapping that is environmentally friendly

Oréslne plays a key role in the Bol d’air® (15 to 20 metric tonnes are produced a year), so for this reason Holiste has sought to strengthen its management of the quality and traceability of its turpentine essence, by introduclng and developing the Biogemme programme: an innovative way of collecting

A patented way of collecting:
• Collected in sealed containers
This gives quality resin which complies with a strict set of specifications.
• Complete mechanisation
This means the tapping process is easier to put in place, more profitable and creates new sources of employment.
• A new ecological activator is used to replace sulphuric acid which was generally used before.
The use of sulphuric acid has been cited as a reason for the disappearance of cicadas from the forests
and as a cause of work-related illnesses suffered by the tappers.

Publics and private partnerships

The method developed for the Biogemme® programme changes the nature of collection, respects the ecosystem and brings added value to the forest.

Pine tapping had disappeared from the Landes by the end of the 80s but this programme, and its association with the forestry industry, is contributing to the relaunch of pine tapping in the Landes.

Certified by the competitiveness cluster Xylofutur in 2015, the Biogemme® programme associates public and private partnerships.