Teak wood remains one of the most valued tropical hardwoods. It is a unique material with unquantifiable qualities: it is strong and durable, it provides support, shelter and insulation and it won’t damage if exposed to the elements;
These desirable traits have led to the indiscriminate and unsustainable exploitation of this material. Teak wood was once widely available and cheap, but has now become expensive and rare. In Indonesia, teak is an increasingly threatened resource. If you buy teak wood, make sure it comes from a legal plantations!