What is FSC-Certified Teak? - Ex10Living

When searching for long-lasting furniture, you may find that teak is a long-lasting material. Teak wood is one of the most robust and durable hardwoods and can withstand all types of weather. For centuries, teak wood was the choice of shipbuilders because of its durability and unique water-resistant qualities. 

Irresponsible harvesting of teak wood has a negative environmental and social impact. But there is a responsible way to buy teak products through the FSC certification. 

The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) promotes responsible forestry management. The certification means that the wood you buy meets strict environmental and economic standards. 

Next time you're searching for new teak patio furniture, look for FSC- certified labels so you can support brands that care about sustainability and source the best, highest quality teak possible. 

Read on to learn more about what it means to be FSC certified, how it affects your products, and why you should look for the label every time you shop. 

The FSC is an international non-profit that promotes responsible management of forests. 

Why should you choose FSC certified teak?

When shopping for outdoor furniture, your choices can contribute to the destruction of places like the rainforests in Brazil. The FSC logo ensures that your patio and garden furniture is from a trusted supply chain and supports sustainability, reducing greenhouse gasses, protecting wildlife and preventing deforestation. 

What is Grade A teak? 

Did you know there are three different grades of teak, which each indicate the quality of the teak? Grade A, B and C. Grade A teak is the best quality and is taken from the heart of a mature tree at least 20 years old. While more expensive, grade-A teak is high in natural oils that protect it from outdoor elements like rain, mould and insects. 

How to maintain teak?

Teak is easy to care for as it is low maintenance. If you leave it alone, it will go a silver-grey colour over time. When cleaning, use a  soft scrub brush and mild dish soap and water to clean your teak furniture. A teak sealant can also help prevent wood damage and keep your teak honey-coloured.