At Indian Ocean we take our responsibility towards the environment very seriously.
We have pioneered an environmentally sound future for our industry. Over 24 years ago, we helped establish WWF95, a ground breaking partnership between business and one of the world’s leading environmental groups. As founder members, our vision was to ensure that our timber came from well-managed forests and did not contribute to forest destruction and illegal logging. This initiative led to the creation of the Forest Stewardship Council and Indian Ocean were one of the first companies in the UK to supply FSC certified Teak products.
Our Teak comes from sustainably managed plantations harvested by local experts who live and work there. We absolutely assure you that all of our Teak comes from legal sources. Most of our products already carry the FSC accreditation and we continue to strive to offer FSC products across our entire range.
We care deeply about our products AND about our people too. At Indian Ocean we understand our social responsibilities and we expect our international suppliers and partners to share our commitment, insisting that they exceed local labour standards. We continue to support the local orphanage in our major supply area.
Our technical materials - VIRO®, REHAU® & BATYLINE® are all 100% recyclable.
Indian Ocean operates a green policy within all our procedures. Our catalogues are printed on FSC paper and we use energy as efficiently as possible within our stores, offices, warehouse and transport planning. For your convenience, we remove all packaging materials when we deliver your furniture and recycle them on your behalf.
We are members of Forest Carbon enabling us to mitigate our carbon footprint. Forest Carbon leads the way in voluntary carbon woodland creation in the UK. Through the planting of over 7.0 million new trees in 130+ new woodlands in the UK since 2006 removing over 1,400,000 tonnes of CO2 from the nation’s atmosphere, as well as providing a host of other benefits to society, including flood mitigation, river improvement and public access. The quality of the Forest Carbon scheme is assured by the UK government’s Woodland Carbon Code which certifies the projects in important areas like biodiversity, ‘additionality’, risk management and carbon capture measurement. Compensating for our unavoidable environmental impact by helping to create a new woodland is rewarding in many ways and we are delighted to contribute to the Forest Carbon, Carbon Club.