The Casa-conscious Label
Recycled wood is essentially wood that would have been landfilled, but has been reclaimed to extend the life cycle of the wood. This wood can come from places such as construction sites, warehouses, disused ships or even wine barrels... The most recycled wood is pine.You will often hear recycled pine and reclaimed pine referred to as the same thing.
The most obvious advantage of using recycled wood is that you don't have to cut down more trees: less deforestation, which eliminates vegetation that is important for removing carbon dioxide from the air and, in addition, requires polluting machinery. Recycling is climate friendly!
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, deforestation is the second leading cause of climate change(the first being the burning of fossil fuels).
Mango wood is the by-product of growing mangoes and is therefore sustainable. No need to grow trees just for their wood.
These South Asian tropical species belonging to the Mangifera genus of flowering plants grow faster than the large, towering oaks of North America and Europe, which can take 50 to 100 years to mature.
Mangifera trees reach 80-100 feet in about 15 years. At this point, it begins to produce less fruit and can be used for its wood. Farmers have to plant new trees every 7to15 years, before the older trees become unproductive. It is a virtuous cycle.
Because of the sustainability of mango trees, mango wood furniture is also more affordable than other raw materials. Once the tree is felled, it requires minimal processing, which also helps keep the cost down.
Teak furniture is a conscious and smart choice.
Teak is one of the most popular solid wood materials compared to other hardwoods. Its durability, resistivity to termites and weather resistance make it long lasting with very low maintenance. Teak wood can be used raw, sometimes intricately carved or plain. It does not necessarily require extra care or special polishing, as is the case with other hardwoods: less chemicals or toxins with teak wood.
Moreover, at Bazar Bizar, one of our great suppliers, teak tree are not cut down for production: branches are either found or left over from other furniture making; roots are obtained from fallen teak.
Handmade by artisans
The artisanal process is another standard for Casa-conscious products: less industrialized, less polluting and preserving human know-how with good working conditions.
Studio Pott designs beautiful contemporary clay lamps using ancient traditions that have been successfully passed down through history from one generation to the next.
Bazar Bizar products are handcrafted by artisans in Indonesia using indigenous and historical techniques, supporting cottage industry, which allows artisans to work from home and look after for their children while providing an income for the family. This has created a flourishing economy, while leaving family values and cultural practices intact. It is about operating fairly, offering fair wages and a healthy work environment, free from harassment, discrimination and forced labor.