Scientific studies have proven that the properties of FSC© plantation teak or “slow-growth” teak and old-growth forest teak wood are virtually identical. Both types of teak are characterized by dense, durable and beautifully grained wood. Using the same growing conditions, planatation-grown teak is virtually identical to the timber produced in Southeast Asia’s tropical forests with less impact on the environment.
But, while plantation teak and the old growth forest teak are essentially similar, choosing plantation teak certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™ rewards proper growing techniques that are environmentally friendly, saves on material cost and does not support corrupt governments. Because Pacific Coast Teak has chosen its FSC© plantation teak areas carefully, less water and less fertilizer is needed to grow our teak. By growing teak on plantations, sustainable harvesting is accomplished WITHOUT environmental degradation. And growing teak in plantations in Central America greatly reduces shipping costs while at the same time does not support corrupt regimes such as that of Myanmar (Burma).
It is important to point out that not all plantation teak is of the same quality. Some plantations receive too much rainfall or are artificially irrigated while others don’t receive proper nutrients and must be fertilized. We carefully choose the location of our plantations to match the proper precipitation levels and soil conditions of the native soils of the teak tree. The result is slow grown teak with a dense grain that come very close to matching structural and aesthetic characteristics of old-growth teak.
Slow growth or FSC© plantation teak is grown and harvested on plantations along Pacific Coast of Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama in conditions to that of teak’s native environment.
Our plantations use no extra irrigation and/or fertilizers resulting in an environmentally balanced growing efforts.
The U.S. Treasury has banned all imported teak from Myanmar (Burma). The Burmese teak industry provides huge financial support to this corrupt military government. Burma’s Junta run government is viewd as one of the most notoriously corrupt military governments in the world. Known for their systematic rape, torture, and ethnic killings, their abuse extends to the Asian elephants that are essentially used as slaves in the teak logging trade. These beautiful animals have been pumped full of addictive methamphetamine and literally worked to death. You could be supporting this brutal regime without knowing it, Burmese teak is laundered through China and India into the U.S.
FSC Plantation Teak