Wood has always been the core material in the Ethnicraft collection. Therefore it is our moral obligation to think about the consequences for the environment and take environmental issues 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.
The origin of our core material
Wood is infinitely renewable. In fact it's the world's most renewable and environmentally friendly raw material. No matter how much we use, we can always replace it. We can go on growing as much wood as we like, for as long as we like. If we use more wood and grow more wood, our whole life will be more sustainable, our environment will be cleaner and our future will be more secure.
Ethnicraft's teak wood comes from two main sources. On the one hand, it is carefully reclaimed timber extracted from neglected buildings or old warehouses without cultural significance, mainly from the island of Central Java in Indonesia. On the other hand, Ethnicraft works closely together with the Indonesian government 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.
For oak and walnut, our partner factories work with French and Serbian oak as well as with American black walnut that originates from well-managed forests in Europe and the USA.
No energy to waste
Production waste, such as residue of logs, wood leftovers and sawdust are being re-used for other means.
The sawdust from the logs is either used as a fuel in the drying ovens or compacted as a basis for palettes. All the leftovers after cutting planks to size are recycled by using them as a base material, as finger joints for panels.
Our commitment to the environment is reflected by the FSC® CoC (Chain of Custody) certification of our distribution centres.
FSC® is a worldwide independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation that promotes the responsible management of the world's forests. In other words, this organisation certifies that products that carry the FSC® label come from forests that are managed in a way to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.
In the case of Ethnicraft NV and Azur, the CoC-certificate provides the guarantee that the company is perfectly structured to buy, stock & sell products with a specified FSC® certificate originating from well-managed forests, controlled sources, reclaimed materials, or a mixture of those.
At the moment, some of the collections Ethnicraft sells already have a FSC® 100% Recycled label, meaning that the products are made of reclaimed timber. Moreover, all efforts are being made to increase the number of collections with an FSC® label in the future.
Wood is Good
Wood is the world’s most environmentally friendly raw material.
Animation video by the ‘The Danish Wood Initiative’