The wood from Vietnam
Our 125mm wide teak garden furniture, panels, cutting boards and planks come from a certified sawmill in Vietnam. The highly specialized production facility obtains its teak from FSC® 100% sustainable forestry in Brazil and offers first-class quality thanks to decades of experience in processing.
The Plantation & The Sawmills
Our partner reforests depleted agricultural land in the tropical regions of Brazil into FSC® 100% certified teak plantations. In this way, once lost forest area is turned back into forest and offers local people a sustainable opportunity to make a living from forestry. And the afforestation contributes to the fact that the surrounding primary forest does not disappear any further.
The two sawmills are located in Vietnam, where you can draw on decades of experience in wood processing. High-quality machines combined with human know-how enable almost 100% use of the valuable teak trunks. The result means maximum resource utilization in the manufacture of durable premium teak products.
The Certificate & The Certifiers
We only import wood products from Vietnam that have been 100% FSC®® certified. This ensures responsible forest management and sets an example against illegal manure.
- The certificate from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®®) sets the strictest international standards for responsible forest management.
- The certification organization Bureau Veritas controls the forestry in Brazil.
- The certification organization SGS International Certification Services GmbH and the TÜV South controls the sawmills for compliance with sustainable principles according to the seal FSC® 100%.
- The certification organization GFA Certification GmbH controls our warehouse, the origin and documentation of our wood and compliance with all FSC® specifications.
- The European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition promotes the marketing of sustainably produced tropical wood in Europe.
The interaction of these actors guarantees the sustainable origin of the products from Betterwood from Vietnam.
The cutting boards and garden furniture are processed in the provincial town of Binh Duong in the south of the country. Originally characterized by agriculture, Binh Duong is now developing into an economic center that also attracts many expats. The region is still famous for the handicraft villages - in addition to wooden products, ceramics and pottery, sculptures and paintings are also made.
The sawmill in Phu Yen produces our high-quality teak floorboards in 125mm, as well as the table tops and the parquet floor. The province on the South China Sea is known for paradisiacal beaches and offers two true green treasures with the Krong Trai National Park and the Ea So Nature Reserve.
Vietnam is a thriving emerging country along the coast of Southeast Asia. In recent years, the local economy has continued to develop, so that in addition to textile manufacturing and agricultural production, many technological companies are now ensuring growing prosperity.
Vietnam is one of the biodiversity hotspots in Asia. Although the forest area has increased in recent years, the quality of the forests has tended to deteriorate for decades. That is why the government is now concentrating on developing ecologically sustainable forestry. The focus is on preserving biodiversity, eliminating illegal logging and sustainable forest management.
In the processing of wood products, Vietnam is one of the best addresses in the world.
The way of the wood
forests in Brazil
The teak plantations in Matto Grosso Brazil are located on former forest areas that have been cleared and worn down for agriculture. A valuable contribution to sustainable forest use on site. From there a ship goes to Vietnam towards the capital Ho Chi Minh City.
Sawmills in Vietnam
The felled teak trees are brought to the sawmill in Binh Duong or Phu Yen. In the modern production facilities, not only decking boards, but also high-quality garden furniture, cutting boards and many other products are manufactured in order to process the wood to the maximum.
The teak wood travels by container ship from Vietnam, via Singapore through the Indian Ocean and the Suez Canal to Europe. The crossing to Rotterdam takes around 21 days.
A barge or truck transports the container to our warehouse in Drolshagen in the Sauerland.
The carbon footprint
The container with approx. 15 cubic meters of wood products from Vietnam has a distance of approx. 34.427 kilometers covered. 1.511 kilograms of Co2 were emitted proportionately by container ship, barge and truck on the way. These Co2 emissions are compensated by a Reforestation project in Indonesia compensated again.