Unlike many other types of wood that are harvested for production in furniture and tableware, coconut trees can actually grow rapidly within only a few years. Usually the trees take 5-6 years to become ready to bear fruit, which makes great sustainable material for our products.
Another reason why coconut palm is eco friendly is that only the oldest trees are harvested and used. These trees bear fruit for 60 to 80 years, and only trees that no longer bear fruit and are about to die, are used.
Coconut palm is comparable to mahogany when it comes to the hardness.
Every felled tree is replaced by the planting of a young one, making coconut wood a sustainable and responsible choice.
Plantation Teak Wood
Plantation teak is a tropical hardwood tree from the genus Tectona, endemic to Southeast Asia that is exclusively planted for the purpose of forestry management, and either commercial or ecological purposes.
Most of the teak wood that is sold for commercial use around the world is not grown in naturally occurring forests, but on teak tree plantations in Indonesia.
In an effort to be environmentally responsible, Indonesia plantation owners are careful to enforce a one-for-one policy on teak wood logging, meaning that for every teak tree that is cut down, another is planted in its place. This keeps the forest in a state of balance.
The government of Indonesia also watches over the teak wood production by way of the Forest Stewardship Council.
Water Hyacinth represents perfectly the saying that one man's trash is another man's treasure.
It is a free-floating perennial aquatic plant native to Southeast Asia and some parts of South America.
Water Hyacinths in Southeast Asia can grow between 2 and 5 metres a day. The common water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) are vigorous growers and mats can double in size in two weeks.
When not controlled, water hyacinth will cover lakes and ponds entirely; this dramatically affects water flow, blocks sunlight from reaching native aquatic plants which often die.
The use of water hyacinth in basket weaving allows developing countries in Southeast Asia to help keep its growth under control.
For example, water hyacinth has invaded the Tonlé Sap lake in Cambodia. An Osmose project in Cambodia is trying to fight it by having local people make baskets from it.