Tangkoko offers a range of quality ethical furniture for home owners and businesses wishing to incorporate class and natural beauty into their living and working environments.
Husband and wife team Yeng and Dan Grandage run the business together, along with Dan’s brother Matt. After growing up in the shadow of the Tangkoko rainforest in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Yeng was determined to introduce the world to the natural beauty and craftsmanship of her native land. As an Indonesian national, she had watched the unsustainable plunder of her country's natural resources and was determined not to compound the country’s difficulties.
Her first-hand experiences drive the company’s ethical standpoint. Together with Dan’s 10 years’ experience advising corporate clients on their social and environmental policies, they now run a thriving online ethical furniture business.
Woods used to create Tangkoko furniture include sheesham, acacia, reclaimed teak (as opposed to forest-felled teak), fruitwood and radiata pine. These are crafted into stylish products such as beds, dining tables, home entertainment units, mirrors, bookcases and cupboards which are available to purchase from the website.
At every stage of the production process the natural, environmental and ethical implications are considered and minimised. Only sustainably-sourced natural and recycled materials are used to manufacture Tangkoko furniture. The environmental impact of deliveries is also reduced by the company’s carbon-offset schemes.
To safeguard its workers, Tangkoko operates under the Ethical Trading Initiative, which advocates healthy working environments. Stipulated conditions in the scheme include: safe and hygienic working conditions, no harsh or inhumane treatment, no child labour and no excessive working hours. Yeng and Dan regularly visit the Tangkoko Rainforest in Indonesia to vet operational conditions and ensure workers are treated fairly and with respect.
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