The demand for tropical hardwood

The International Tropical Timber Organisation has tracked a 300% rise
in the value of teak in the past four years, fuelled by consistent demand
in traditional markets and huge growth in emerging markets. Despite
the growing demand, the supply of teak is constrained by an
international boycott on felling teak trees in their natural environment,
which is why Green IS plantations employ certified, sustainable forestry
practices in carefully managed plantations.

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    The demand for tropical hardwood, especially teak, is increasing, although depletion of natural forests has led to bans on the logging of many of these tree species in their original countries.

    These restrictions do not apply to teak grown in Brazil. Simply, teak is an Asian tree that has been transplanted to certain parts of Brazil where the climatic conditions are similar to their natural habitat. The cultivation of teak in Brazil in no way impacts on naturally occurring teak; indeed, growing trees on plantations helps to reduce the pressure for illegal logging

    Proof of origin

    The timber industry is truly international, and one of the main requirements is to prove that the timber being sold comes from an ethical and sustainable source. The Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) – ic.fsc.org - has certified the Green IS organisation in Brazil. This means that the FSC have inspected our ‘chain of custody’ from plantations through to finished product.


    To meet the ethical criteria set by the FSC, Green IS has proved that it is a responsible employer. The operations company, Florestal Eirili, is incorporated in Brazil and abides by all local taxation, employee and health and safety legislation.

    These requirements extend as far as ensuring that during the harvesting season the loggers have access to purpose built accommodation, as the plantations are often many hours away from built up areas.


    Replanting is a sustainability measure to ensure that more trees are produced than consumed. In order to meet the requirements of FSC (Forestry stewardship Council) certification it is necessary to replant at the rate of 3:1 for each tree harvested - Green IS has an extensive replanting programme, and currently replants at the rate of 10:1

    Local farmers have been encouraged to plant teak trees to meet a number of objectives, including: increased tree coverage with the benefit of carbon capture; a wood harvest that provides income and employment; an export that brings in foreign currency; and most importantly, a focus away from native Brazilian species.


Sustainable, Ethical, Efficient

We control the production of our teak from seed to plank, offering comprehensive control over the forestry and labour practices at all of our teak plantations. As a result, we can boast of the highest quality finished product, industry-leading ecological practices, and of longstanding relationships with our farmers in Brazil.