A rise in demand for sustainable furniture among environmentally-aware consumers and new regulations against illegal wood harvesting in many timber-producing countries, is prompting furniture companies to take a closer look at how they obtain their raw materials and ensure that their sources are legal.

One such firm is Vietnamese furniture maker Nghia Phat Wooden Furniture Co.Ltd., which exports garden furniture to the US and Europe and counts French retail giant Carrefour among its customers. Along with its sister company Nghia Tin Wooden Furniture Co. Ltd., which produces outdoor furniture, Nghia Phat sources raw materials from ecologically diverse landscapes worldwide, such as acacia from Malaysia and eucalyptus from Uruguay and Brazil.

In recent years, both Nghia Phat and Nghia Tin have increased their purchases of FSCcertified timber. More than 90 per cent of the wood that Nghia Phat now uses meets FSC certifi cation standards, which means it has been responsibly harvested, taking into account the ecological aspects of forestry—such as longer growth cycles, protection ofnative species and soil-friendly harvesting—as well as its economic and social impact.