Teak is not a tropical rainforest species. It grows sparsely in mixed deciduous forests. In its natural environment there are only 1 to 5 trees per acre in the best growing areas... I find ironic that all the ethical issue are coming from plantation or synthetic ( plastic!!!) producers.
So let me offer an inconvenient truth: the only teak suitable for use on a superyacht comes from Myanmar.
In fact most super-yachts contracts specify “Old-growth Burmese Teak”. If the log is of the size, quality, age, and harvesting technique which qualify it for use on a super-yacht, the chances are 99 per cent it came from the forest of Myanmar. People are lead to believe that teak is not sustainable. Myanmar is the only country on the planet with substantial quantities of old-growth teak remaining because the governments of Myanmar did and actually continue to do a better job of managing their forest .Environmentalists are very slow to acknowledge the fact that the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) regularly rate Myanmar above its neighbors in forest-management success. Myanmar strictly stuck to the Scientific Forest Management system initiated in 1856 as the Exploitation-cum-Cultural System or Myanmar Selection System (MSS) This was established to assure the sustainability of natural forests in perpetuity. Maybe we should consider that of all the teak-growing countries in the world, only Myanmar foresters came to realize the adverse impact plantations of teak trees upon the soil and water resources, the environment and biodiversity conservation as a whole. Myanmar today is the only country which can claim possession of expansive natural teak forest, a wealth of biodiversity, a stable environment and a balanced climate. Over 80 per cent of the forested land is ‘closed forest’ and managed through the Myanmar Selection System (MSS) by Myanmar Timber Enterprises (MTE) to harvest a small number of selected teak trees from 10 forest districts using girth limits, annual rings and a 30-year cycle. This system is designed to ensure the harvest of timber on a sustained basis.
Users of wood are often unaware of the enormous difficulties involved in procuring timber. Mti has procurement personnel and offices, strategically placed at source. The advantages to Mti 's customers and suppliers cannot be over emphasized. Procurement personnel are specialists well versed in local conditions and customs. They have in depth knowledge and expertise in sourcing, grading and the preparation of hardwood products. Contract monitoring and quality control play a vital role in eliminating the enormous costs incurred when substandard timber is shipped. It minimizes the risks and enables Mti to offer its buyers the best value for money. It is equally valuable to suppliers if quality deficiencies are identified prior to shipment to ensure that the various grades produced go to the correct markets.
Worldwide supply of high-quality, legally sourced teak woods is decreasing annually. At the same time valuable teak is more in demand, particularly in the regions experiencing strong economic growth. The result for you: the value and thus the price for this top-tier commodity is increasing year-by-year. As partners in Marine Teak International you can profit with long-term and safe wood yields that are well above the average.