Teakwood or "Tectura Grandis" is a tropical hardwood tree nature to south east asia and Indonesia and is commonly found as a component of monsoon forest vegetation. It takes at least 50 years for a teak tree to grow and reach diameter of 40 - 50 cm. However with the current rate of deforestation due to high demand and wide range of usage of its timber for furniture, decking, etc, the population of teak trees in Indonesia are endangered.
In relation to the above East colonial is very concern with the environmental issues related to the sourcing of wood used in the production of its furniture.
Since the beginning East Colonial was fully committed to use only recycled or what we call "rediscovered teak wood" that we rediscover from old / neglected Dutch Colonial houses, government buildings, and warehouses. We carefully select the building which have no significant in both cultural and historical values and under the skilled hands of our carpenters this so called rediscovered teak wood gained a new life as beautifully functional furniture.
The recycled teak wood comes in many different sizes such as supports, frames and posts and we carefully select them to be used in different products, mainly used in dressers, cupboards, table tops, and chairs. We clean the recycled teak wood and cut into the required components and we put in kylant dry oven before being handed over to our wood workers.
We have our FSC certificate with certificate number SW-COC-003133 and has been certified by Smartwood. This FSC label is a legitimate source that we only use recycled teak wood in our production.
Why is FSC Important?
FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council which is an international independent non govermental and non profit organization to promote responsible management of the world\'s forests, while smartwood is an independent organization accredited by FSC to certify forest manager and forest product producer to FSC standards.
We care about our environment and we want to prove that our products are not damaging the environment. We agree that the aims of FSC and our FSC label is your guarante that the wood used in making our furniture is made from 100% recycled teak. This is verified by an annual audit from the Smartwood Program of the Rainforest Alliance, accredited under strict criteria from FSC.
We must be able to prove where every single piece of wood comes from throughout our supply chain. And to assure correct procedures are in place, Smartwood personnel can drop in any time. It took dedication and commitment to achieve certification through an intensive six-month process.
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