The environment is important to us, and we’re proud that Teak Unique garden furniture is well made, long lasting, and created from sustainably, legally and responsibly sourced teak. Here’s a little more information on the origins of the plantation teak used to create Teak Unique outdoor furniture.
WHERE is Teak Unique garden furniture sourced from?
All our teak tables, teak chairs, teak benches, teak loungers, and teak garden accessories come from sustainably managed plantations in Indonesia, the majority of which are found in central Java.
WHAT is plantation teak?
It is teak grown on sustainable plantations for the sole purpose of forestry management for commercial or ecological use. It is considered a renewable resource as it’s farmed to produce a sustainable supply.
In addition, teak is the hardest, most durable and strongest of all the hardwoods, so good teak garden furniture does not need to be replaced every 5 years, plus the natural oils found in teak means there is no need for varnishes or chemicals to be applied, thus adding to its sustainability credentials.
WHY plantation teak?
Teak plantations were established in response to the high demand for teak (its durability and aesthetic qualities make it one of the world’s most valuable hardwoods), its relatively short growth period, and to prevent the uncontrolled supply of teak from natural forests with heavy deforestation, no replanting programs, and illegal logging.
The calcium rich soils and limited rainfall in Indonesia provide the perfect growing conditions for teak, meaning the use of heavy fertilisers and chemicals are not required.
WHO manages Indonesia’s teak plantations?
Since the 1970s, a State Forestry Corporation called Perum Perhutani has been responsible for the sustainable management, protection and legal regulation of Indonesia’s timber industry. They are committed to achieving a multitude of objectives, covering conservation, restoration, production, community, biodiversity, and soil fertility. Their 2.5 million hectares of forest are mainly teak, and they have a strict policy regarding the age, size and number of trees felled each year, together with a comprehensive sustainable replanting program.
WHEN were regulations put in place?
Since 2001, Indonesia has made great progress in its efforts to improve forest governance and promote trade in legal timber products. Indonesia established the SVLK (Sistem Verificasi Legalitas Kayu) national timber legality assurance and sustainability certification system, which has been continuously improved over the intervening years.
In 2003, the EU set up FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) to implement measures to address international illegal logging and related trade, and assure approved countries comply with EU Timber Regulations including EUTR 995/2010 which came into effect in 2013 to prevent illegally harvested wood being imported into EU countries. In 2016, Indonesia became the first country to meet FLEGT’s requirements and started implementing the FLEGT licensing scheme. We’re pleased that ‘post Brexit’ plans are already in place for Indonesia to continue exporting sustainably sourced and traceable timber to the UK, mimicking the EU’s existing FLEGT agreement.
Rachel and Victoria