Wood has always been the core material in the Ethnicraft collection. Therefore we continuously think about the consequences for the environment and take the environmental issue to heart: from the origin of the wood, the energy we use in the entire production and distribution process, to the treatment of the products and reduction of waste.
Every day we try to be good stewards of the earth.
The origin of our core material
Ethnicraft’s teak wood comes from two main sources.
On the one hand , we carefully reclaim timber from neglected buildings or old warehouses, mainly from the island of Central Java in Indonesia. On the other hand, Ethnicraft works closely together with the Indonesian governmental body in charge of managing the teak plantations originally set up by the Dutch about 150 years ago. This government agency applies strict policies with regard to annual replanting, as well as to the size and quantity of trees felled each year.
As far as our oak is concerned , our partner factories work with French and Serbian oak from well-managed forests in Europe.
Production waste, such as remnants of logs, leftover wood and sawdust are re-used for other purposes.
The sawdust from the logs is either used as fuel in the drying ovens or compacted as a basis for pallets. All the leftovers from cutting planks to size are recycled and used as the base material or as finger joints for panels.
FSC ® for teak furniture
Our commitment to the environment is reflected by the FSC® CoC (Chain of Custody) certification of our distribution centres.
In other words, this organisation guarantees that products carrying the FSC® label come from forests that are managed so that they meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations. In the case of Ethnicraft, the CoC certificate guarantees that the company is perfectly equipped to buy, stock and sell products with a specified FSC® certificate, originating from well-managed forests, controlled sources and reclaimed materials, or a mixture of these. At the moment, several of the collections sold by Ethnicraft already have an FSC® 100% Recycled label, meaning that the products are made of reclaimed timber. These collections are indicated in the catalogue. Moreover, all efforts are being made to increase the number of collections with an FSC® label.
FSC® is a worldwide independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests. To know more about FSC®, visit https://ic.fsc.org/