Sustainability

Our Teak

We insist on the use of top grade, knot free, mature heartwood, kiln-dried teak only. Teak is the most durable of woods making it the perfect choice for outdoor use. Kiln-drying to a moisture level of 10% prevents cracking and warping.

Teak is the hardest, most durable and strongest of all the hardwoods, meaning good teak furniture rarely needs to be replaced and the natural oils found in teak means there is no need to apply varnishes or chemicals.

 

Our Suppliers

We have excellent, long-established relationships with our experienced and trusted suppliers who use superior techniques to make our teak furniture to the highest standards.

All of our teak garden furniture is sourced sustainably and legally from Indonesian plantations, which are strictly controlled by the government. Our suppliers are required to prove the origin and quality of their teak prior to export.

 

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 is farmed to produce a sustainable supply.

Teak plantations were established in response to the high demand for teak, 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.

 

What regulations are followed?

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.

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 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. 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.

All Teakunique garden furniture shipped from Indonesia is SVLF and FLEGT certified, verifying the legal export of timber originating from sustainably managed plantations.