As a caring consumer, you have a choice when you shop for teak. We hope
you’ll use your purchasing power to buy only responsibly grown and
harvested teak that’s produced with respect for the environment
Unfortunately, as with a number of other precious resources from gold
to diamonds and oil, valued hardwoods, including teak, makes easy prey
Wrongfully produced or harvested timber around the globe has been found
to be funding some of the world’s most repressive regimes, brutal
wars, and illegal arms trade, including in Myanmar/Burma, Liberia and Thailand.
There are unscrupulous logging companies, governments and rebel groups
appropriating timber operations to support weapons imports and fuel conflict.
“Cut and run” logging is a major cause of forest degradation
around the globe. It imperils biodiversity and devalues the livelihoods
and lifestyles of dependent communities. What’s more, the destruction
of tropical forests, usually including by fire, throws hundreds of millions
of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, increasing the
damaging effects of global warming.
Teak is a transparent and sustainable forest management enterprise that
values local natural resources. We are committed to long-term economic
and social development in local communities. Our restorative forest management
practices are independently certified for sustainability, assuring that forests, and their
dependent communities, are protected.
We think you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at Reforest
Teak. But if you plan to shop elsewhere for teak products, be sure to
look for transparency in the supply chain, the milling and the value-added
processing of the wood. And ask questions that will help you to understand
the social and environmental consequences of your purchase.
There’s helpful and plentiful information on the subject of illegal
and conflict teak online. We’ve provided a few resources
to help find your way through the forest.