UKTR approved teak from Cornish firm
Cornish-based Marine Hardwoods is now offering UK Timber Regulations (UKTR) approved, and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, teak for marine decking applications.
Supplying teak to the marine industry since 1998, the company says it took the decision several years ago to cut ties with Myanmar due to the allegations of corruption and deforestation associated with Myanmar teak.
“For centuries, genuine teak has been accepted as the premier marine hardwood, but historically the industry has held the view that only teak from Myanmar is suitable,” says Marine Hardwoods’ MD, Neil Wason. “We’ve worked closely with the University of Plymouth to perform mechanical tests and they confirm that our timber is perfectly fit for purpose in the 21st century.
“This material complies with UK government guidance on ethical supply chains in the modern slavery act 2015 as well as carrying the FSC hallmark of audited environmental sustainability. The belt of UKTR approval and braces of FSC certification confirms this is a world class product for a world class market.”
The accredited teak is said to be a biodegradable natural product, free from artificially added chemicals or synthetic processes and comes from planted natural forests that support agro forestry, biodiversity and all shareholders engaged in its production.
Dr. Richard Pemberton from the University of Plymouth comments: “Sustainability is something that all of the marine industry should be considering, and we were happy to work with Marine Hardwoods to compare their timber against teak from non-sustainable sources and show that it is a suitable replacement for Myanmar Teak”.
Marine Hardwoods say that it’s already received orders for accredited teak by major brands within the UK.