Proven for centuries as a durable building material, we are inspired by this strong and beautiful grass. Bamboo has earned scientific recognition as an essential renewable resource, fundamental to sustainable living and beneficial to environmental health.
We use native species of bamboos in the regions where we work. Currently, we use Himalayan timber bamboos: Bambusa Balcoaa or Bambusa Nutans from Nepal and solid bamboos: Dendrocalamus Strictus from the Gujarati plains of India. Both are harvested annually by local farmers from private lands, community and natural forests. Our Bambooply is FSC certified and sourced from the best in the industry: Plyboo or Terragren.
We strictly adhere to internationally standardized treatment procedures in preparing our bamboo for production. These processes are proven to be non-toxic and environmentally sound and ensure a finished product that withstands the test of time.
Without wood, man would not survive. The noble use of trees for the enrichment of our society is essential to it's health. Recent findings through the U.S. Forest Service indicates that wood should factor as a primary building material as it yields fewer greenhouse gases than using other common materials. According to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, "Wood should be a major component of American building and energy design. The use of wood provides substantial environmental benefits, provides incentives for private landowners to maintain forest land, and provides a critical source of jobs in rural America."
Our woods come from the bounties of the Pacific Northwest. We use sustainably harvested, select Hardwood slabs and cuts from Coyote Woodshop on Bainbridge Island, WA. They specialize in gathering logs from local backyards, urban areas and forests. Our commercial grade Cedar is sourced from local lumber yard for use in our outdoor products.
Our Rosewood (Dalbergia Sissoo) for the Future Primitive Collection comes from community managed forest of Nepal. This premier deciduous timber is native to the foothills of the Himalayas and is one of the fastest growing tree species in Nepal. It is highly valued in forestry, agroforestry, and horticulture, and for the diversity of its uses: erosion control, soil fertility, shading, fuelwood, fodder, and even for medicinal purposes.
We trust our upholstery and cushions to Eco Balanza in Seattle, an artisanal company using honest materials and handwork. The cushions are comfortable and luxurious while ensuring that every ingredient is non-toxic and beneficial to personal well being.
Core: Made from sustainably harvested rubber tree sap which undergoes a simple process called “whipping” creating a natural latex foam that resists dust mites, mold, mildew and bacteria, is durable and biodegradable.
Padding: Organic wool batting sourced from local farms near Seattle. Farmers work directly with Eco Balanza to raise free-roaming sheep whose gently shorn wool is naturally fire-retardant, anti-microbial, and perfectly suited for making luxurious, eco conscious furniture.
Finishing: Wrapped in organic hemp muslin fabric which is four times stronger than cotton, biodegradable, and naturally non-toxic.
Our upholstery and cushions are wrapped with the American Legacy.
Our admiration and love for Pendleton Woolen Mills who produced the Ceremonial Native American Blankets and the iconic Glacier National Park line of historic blankets led us to offer the Pendleton Eco Wise Wool for slipcovers on our cushions. It is made in the USA with 100% pure virgin wool and is Cradle to Cradle Certified.
For warmer climates, we offer Seattle based O Ecotextile's Winthrop fabric. Made with tightly twisted yarns of 55% organic linen and 45% organic cotton, this is our favorite linen canvas because it is so soft yet substantial and "perfect for upholstery in the most demanding residential conditions". The Winthrop fabric is certified by GOTS, the Global Organic Textile Standard, for meeting its Environmental, Social, Technical Quality and Human Toxicity criteria.
We are happy to offer custom choices upon request.
All of our products are hand finished with oil from WoodCare Denmark or Tried & True USA. They are primarily cold pressed vegetable oils and aromatic hardening oils that penetrate the surface of the wood and solidify to form a protective surface. They meet the highest environmental standards and are guaranteed natural and VOC free.
For commercial and high use applications, we use Seattle based Daly's Polyurethane/acrylic clear, water-based finish that is non-toxic.