- What is reclaimed teak?
Reclaimed teak is enormously resilient and retains its integrity in the face of inevitable knocks and marks that a well used piece of furniture will experience.
Rediscovered teak is the ultimate tool or product in sustainable furniture.
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How is there so much reclaimed teak?
There are 17,000 islands in Indonesia where teak is abundant. Traditionally this was used for building houses and other structures so there is a good supply of reclaimed teak.
How can I be sure the item I am buying is made from reclaimed teak?
It’s simple: Check for accreditations.
When it comes to buying sustainable furniture the only way to know for certain how ‘green’ a company’s products are is through accreditation with a legitimate organisation. Be aware of companies which develop a system themselves as usually this is not independently verified.
After a rigorous company wide audit Raft gained a unique Chain of Custody certificate with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
Being FSC certified shows that we comply with the highest social and environmental standards on the market.
A system of Chain of Custody certification traces each piece of timber used in production so you can feel confident that you are not contributing towards global forest destruction.
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Why don’t Raft use plantation or new teak? What is wrong with using plantation or new teak?
Forests support up to 1.6 billion of the poorest people in the world. Sixty million indigenous people and countless species of plants and animals are wholly dependent on forests for their lives.
Felling teak has an enormous impact on the environment. The process is actually cheaper than sourcing reclaimed teak but as a company we are committed to providing sustainable furniture.
Why should I buy reclaimed teak?
Reclaimed teak has been seasoned for many years, producing a beautiful mature grain and rich colour unlike plantation woods. It is a very hard, heavy, strong wood, distinctively oily to the touch. This oil in the wood makes teak very durable.
The most sustainable furniture is made from recycled or reclaimed hardwoods as these are the most durable and are life and family-proof.
Nicks and marks are an inherent part of the furniture, and a reminder of the historical character of the wood.
Examples of reclaimed teak markings on our products