We believe a company should honestly care.
From the beginning we've centered ourselves in fostering a completely symbiotic relationship between local communities, the threatened environment, and consumers. That's why we produce products that are more than just reliable and beautiful. With your support and the devotion of local communities, we hope to conserve extremely threatened tropical rainforests, and thereby redefine the power of collaborative design.
We believe protecting tropical rainforests can have a global impact.
Deforestation is responsible for nearly 15% of the carbon emissions that contribute to global warming. Ecuador’s coastal rainforests are among the most threatened forests in the world. Clear-cutting has lead these ecosystems to be reduced to less than 10% of their original range. Yet, this region remains one of the most biodiverse areas of the world. In collaboration with surrounding foundations, we intend to protect the Chocó Wet Forest, one of the last remaining habitats for a host of rare and endangered species, like the brown-headed spider monkey.
In defense of this biological diversity, trees are chosen for extraction based on their importance within the surrounding ecosystem, not their monetary value. Following exceptional standards of sustainable forestry, we only harvest about 2.3 trees per acre every 20 years. For extraction, only portable sawmills are used and we’ve spent years innovating a system of cables to seamlessly transport wood out of the forest resulting in undisturbed wildlife and preventing the need for roads.
Through collective effort, conserving these rainforests will prevent a significant amount of carbon from being released into the atmosphere. It is our hope that this will not only offer an effective alternative to global deforestation, but will have a global impact on climate change.
We strive to improve our practices.
Since 2002 we've been conducting studies to ensure the health of the forest and all that inhabits it. The following organizations have openly cooperated with us to research everything from nutrients in the soil to spider monkey habitats in the canopy.