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Coaster Making: Biodiversity & Conservation Activity for the Home

Since 2005, the Hitachi High-Tech Group has been involved in a 60-year-long forestry program and, as part of its biodiversity conservation activities, our Group has been leased approximately 2.3-hectares of state-owned forestlands in Ishioka City, Ibaraki Prefecture under the Forestry Agency's Corporate Forest Program, which we have named "Hitachi High-Tech Yasato Forest." In FY2023, volunteer employees from Hitachi High-Tech and other Group companies in the Naka Area made coasters at home using cypress trees that had been thinned during forestry activities on May 13 (Sat).
The coasters were made by using cypress trees that had been thinned and cut into round slices during forestry activities and then taken home, letting them dry naturally and then polishing them with sandpaper. The combination of the varying sizes of the round slices as well as each person's individual ideas came together to produce an array of creatively unique coasters. Players from the Hitachi High-Tech Cougars women's basketball team, our corporate sports team, also participated in the coaster-making project, sharing their thoughts on nature and environmental conservation and producing one-of-a-kind coasters.
We also held an explanatory session that included, among other topics, the importance of biodiversity, and which further deepened our understanding of the importance of coexisting with nature.
In addition to promoting activities on-site, we will continue to promote at-home biodiversity conservation activities going forward.
For more information on Hitachi High-Tech Group's biodiversity conservation efforts, please refer to the following website:


The coasters created by the participants.


Members of Hitachi High-Tech’s basketball team, the Cougars, participated as well.