2. RESPONSIBLE MATERIALS
We design furniture that lasts for generations, our choice of materials is essential to ensure the longest possible life. We prefer to use certified materials like FSC-certified wood, which is grown under responsible conditions and Oeko-Tex certified textiles made without harmful chemicals.
What does FSC-certified mean?
FSC is a global non-profit organization that ensures responsible forestry. The FSC certification ensures that no more trees are being felled than the forest can reproduce, and that biodiversity is respected. Forest owners are obliged to hire local workers and provide them with a proper education, equipment and salary. This empowers workers and local communities as well as improving the protection of their rights. FSC also works towards ending illegal logging and sustaining the growth of forests worldwide.
Currently, 93% of the wood we use is certified (FSC or PEFC) and we aim for 100% by 2025.
Where does our wood come from?
Our teak furniture is primarily made from FSC-certified teak from Indonesia, Brazil and Costa Rica. For our oak furniture we use FSC-certified wood from Germany, Croatia and Slovenia.
FSC is yet to cover all parts of the world, so in the absence of FSC we use PEFC-certified wood, for instance Western Red Cedar from Canada.
The majority of our teak comes from Indonesia where we can source high-quality FSC-certified teak. With longevity as a top priority, we prefer to use teak for most of our outdoor furniture, as it is highly weather and rot-resistant and therefore, a great choice for outdoor furniture. Teak is a heavy, hard, and sturdy type of wood, it's easy to maintain and requires little care. The high content of natural oils makes it evenly grained, more weather resistant, and longer lasting than other wood types. Core teak gets better with age, weathered silvery grey and as strong as the day the furniture was made.
What can you do as a consumer?
If you want to make a responsible choice when shopping, it is generally a good idea to look for certifications. For example, you should look for the FSC label when you buy a wooden product, this is your guarantee that the wood is sourced responsibly and it provides information about the origin of the materials. By choosing FSC-certified products you are helping to care for the world’s forests for generations to come. By supporting companies that care about responsible forest management, you are encouraging others to do the same.
Oeko-Tex certified textiles
Skagerak’s outdoor cushions are made to last – just like the furniture they are designed to accompany. Through our choice of materials they are designed to withstand wind and weather as the upholstery fabrics are extremely colour and lightfast as well as water and dirt-repellant.
Our Agora and Sunbrella fabrics are Oeko-Tex certified, which guarantees that the textiles are free from hazardous chemicals.