The Environment

Why Mango?

Mango Wood FurnitureMango Trees produce fruit for only 15 to 20 years. Once they start shading out more productive trees, we purchase them so small saplings can be planted.

Mango wood is a dense, strong wood with active grains that show gorgeously through light to dark stains. These grains combined with the dense wood create showcase pieces that stand through time.

Environment Benefits:

  • More Oxygen for the environment
  • Less smoke emissions
  • No wood from Virgin Forests used in our furniture
  • More food for Humans

Explanation: Before using mango wood for furniture, farmers let felled trees lay on the ground to rot or burned them for firewood. Smaller saplings are more active at photosynthesizing than mature trees, hence more Carbon Dioxide is converted to Oxygen.

Why Reclaimed Teak?

Reclaimed TeakTeak is so richly infused with natural oils, it tends to be rot and insect resistant even in the tropics. This allows us to salvage old buildings, doors, cabinets, and even flooring to make beautiful, rustic furniture to match your lifestyle. Teak is a strong wood that stands the test of time, weathers beautifully for outdoor furniture, and the light grains create a nice smooth & elegant finish.

Environmental Benefits:

  • Less smoke emissions
  • Less landfill
  • Helping out the little guy
  • Less virgin forests being cut for furniture

Explanation: Instead of burning down old buildings, now they are systematically and carefully dismantled to salvage not only the Teak timbers but also other recyclable items within. Because of its inconsistent nature, reclaimed lumber is not usable with larger factories, instead it goes to the Cottage Artisans who are able to transform it into unique works of art.

Did you say Monsoon Wood?

Monsoon Wood FurnitureWe sure did! Monsoon season occurs twice annually in most tropical climates. Large Indonesian Koa trees without tap roots are often the victims of these fierce storms.

Environmental Benefits:

  • Trees are felled by “natural selection”
  • Eradication of invasive species
  • Improved habitat for fauna

Explanation: Koa trees are not native to Indonesia and although beautiful, they are considered an invasive species because of their prolific ability to spread seeds. Their root systems run just under the surface of ground and are notorious for causing broken legs to creatures that stumble upon them.