As one of the leading online distributors of teak furniture in North America, Westminster Teak recognizes the influence it plays on the industry and the impact it has on the environment specifically in regard to forest conservation and management.
We have made our company's policy to source our teak wood from well managed, credibly certified forests. Our factory is a certified manufacturer under the Timber Legality Assurance System (TLAS), assuring the legality of products from point of harvesting, transporting, trading, and manufacturing through SVLK verification.
SVLK (Wood Legality and Verification System) verification ensures that export of timber products comply with Indonesian forestry laws and is designed to stop illegal logging, establish a culture of using legal products, and contribute to sustainable forest management. We purchase teak wood only from Perum Perhutani, plantations managed by the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry ,which promotes biodiversity and the livelihoods of the people that depend on them. And, because it is the only source in our supply chain for teak wood base material, we have 100% transparency; we know exactly where all our teak lumber comes from for every component of our furniture; from the forest-floor to retail floor.
Teak wood does not grow naturally in the rainforest in any sufficient numbers to warrant commercial logging in the way Pine does. Historically, the Dutch started teak wood plantations in Indonesia, perhaps, some 200 years ago and the government of Indonesia has since taken over and developed it to what is today the world's largest teak plantation, managing nearly 13 million acres of sustainable forests. Through careful and responsible forest management, trees are constantly being planted at a rate that far exceeds those being felled.
Because teakwood is, by far, a slow growing crop, the Perum Perhutani managed system incorporates agro-forestry for the locals to farm other crops between the alleys or rows of planted teak trees, throughout the life cycle of the trees. This process provides the locals additional economic avenue along with the industry brought about by the teak enterprise to the local economy.