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Friday, 15 October 2010

FSC accredited furniture draws ever closer!

Simon and Alexandra have just returned from another really successful trip to our suppliers in India. This was the second trip of 2010 and was as productive as the first with designs being finalised for new pieces in the Mallani and Thakat ranges as well as a completely new Sheesham range.

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 Designs were also finalised for our first Mango wood range which we plan to be manufactured from FSC certified timber.  This is an exciting step for us as we strive to ensure that all our wood is sourced from a responsibly managed source.  Our supplier in India already holds the FSC Chain of Custody accreditation for processing the timber, but we have been hindered by the lack of FSC accredited timber.   This new supply of FSC Mango wood represents a huge step forward not least because mango wood has such brilliant environmental credentials.  The tree is planted and harvested for mango fruits for around 6 years until it goes past its productive lifespan.  At this point, the tree is felled and the timber used for secondary products, such as furniture.  We’re also working with the timber merchants to source FSC accredited Sheesham wood.  It currently doesn’t exist and is down to the Indian Government which manages the forests to gain the accreditation.

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These regular visits help maintain excellent relationship with our supplier and to oversee the development of our new lines.  It also gives us a chance to monitor quality and production techniques as well as improve on packaging provisions to ensure your furniture arrives at your door in perfect condition.  The trip provided the opportunity for some ‘drop testing’ which basically involves dropping the packaged furniture from a height and assessing the damage!  Although a little funny to watch, this helps to improve our packaging to minimise transit damage.

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The photo below shows a Sheesham tree growing on the top of the factory.  With the trunk looking a little wonky, we don’t think there will be much furniture being made from this little tree!

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Watch this space for new lines being launched in Spring 2011.

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1 comment:

  1. would love to see some of the range in a darker shade.
    Many of us would like some storage pieces to match dark stained jali dining sets.

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