All our wood comes from Latin America. Not from Asia or other parts of the world. You do get the quality, but without the much-discussed side effects of wood from the last natural teak forests in Asia.
We try to have both in stock: FSC-certified wood and non-FSC-certified wood. It goes without saying that we do not sell wood that comes from a natural forest. In all cases the stands were planted with a commercial perspective; When planted, the owner's goal was to sell the wood later. This has often been done on a small scale and is still happening today. Logistically speaking, this involves more work for us, but we are happy to take that for granted.
Our non-certified wood comes from local landowners. They have the wood as a 'piggy bank'. These stands are often extensively managed and too small to become FSC certified: the costs for this are simply too high. We respect the wishes of the seller and keep the ecosystem intact as much as possible. We also pay a fair price. Local landowners therefore enjoy working with us, now and in the future.
On the left; one of our colleagues. On the right; a local farmer from whom we bought wood.
Of course it is nice to have confirmation from FSC that the stands have been managed sustainably. We find such a certificate very important. Particularly when wood comes from larger stands; the social and environmental impact of these stands is often very different from the smaller stands that farmers planted before retirement; People are hired and the income does not always remain in the local area.
We recognize that deforestation and illegal logging are major contributors to climate change, which is why we are committed to sustainable forestry practices. By working with suppliers who value environmental stewardship, we can help preserve our planet's forests for future generations.
We understand that transparency is important to our customers, which is why we take great care to trace the origin of every piece of teak we sell. From the forest floor to your front door, we can provide detailed information about the journey of your teak.