Wherever birch was present, indigenous peoples have been using its bark since the Palaeolithic Age:
- Especially in Northern Europe, birch-bark is used today as a material for handles, in particular for knives. (We have developed this classic insertion technology and made it available for today's modern use.)
- Containers for storing foodstuffs: perishables such as fish, meat or fruit can be stored for a long time; grain or bread are protected from mould or pests, and keep for a very long period of time. Even "Oetzi" the Iceman, the well-preserved mummified man from about 3300 BC, found in a melting glacier in the Tyrolean Alps in 1991, stored his supplies in a basket made of birch-bark.
- Birch-bark has been documented in many cultures as boat-building material. The most well known are the original North American canoes: fast, manoeuvrable and yet remarkably stable, ultra-light structures, which can only be reproduced to a similar perfection with highly modern composite materials, such as epoxy resin and carbon fibre.
- Arrow tips were glued and broken crockery vessels repaired as far back as the Neolithic Age using birch-bark tar; a strong adhesive derived from the birch-bark.
The above list of product possibilities could be continuously expanded: roofing or insulation material, rucksacks, footwear, writing "paper", insect repellent, leather care – not forgetting the wonderful possibilities in the areas of medical and hygienic use.