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Materials and Environment

Materials and Environment of Furniture

All furniture is made with solid European Oak or Teakwood. Due to the high levels of natural oils in the timbers, the furniture has exceptional durability, emphasising the beautiful colour and texture.

Some of the ranges are made of reclaimed teak. This is sourced from old warehouses and neglected buildings of no historical importance in Java – Indonesia.It is reflecting our commitment to our environment, as these ranges are labelled with the FSC 100% recycled CoC (Chain of Custody) certification obtained by our teak distribution centres.

Other ranges of furniture are made with new matured teak, guaranteed from sustainable teak plantations in Java, originally set up by the Dutch about 150 years ago. The Indonesian government body in charge of managing the teak plantations applies strict policies with regard to annual replanting, as well as to the size and quantity of trees felled each year.

As for the Oak ranges, our partner factories work with French and Serbian oak that originates from well-managed forests in Europe.

Production waste, such as a residue of logs, wood leftovers and sawdust are being re-used for other means. The sawdust from the logs is either used as a fuel in the drying ovens or compacted as a basis for palettes. All the leftovers after cutting planks to size are recycled by using them as a base material, as finger joints for panels.

FSC is a worldwide independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation that promotes the responsible management of the world's forests. In other words, this organisation certifies that products that carry the FSC label come from forests that are managed in a way to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.

In the case of Ethnicraft, the CoC-certificate provides the guarantee that the company is perfectly structured to buy, stock & sell products with a specified FSC certificate originating from well-managed forests, controlled sources, reclaimed materials, or a mixture of those.

At the moment, some of the collections already have an FSC 100% Recycled label, meaning that the products are made of reclaimed timber. Moreover, all efforts are being made to increase the number of collections with an FSC label in the future.