Tropical Salvage salvages wood from several different islands of Indonesia, for use in a business that creates positive economic, social and environmental impact. Tropical Salvage applies five principal wood salvage strategies: deconstruct old houses, bridges and boats; salvage old, wild-growth trees from rivers and lakes; salvage trees felled by floods and landslides; salvage plantation cull created by old and diseased trees; and, unique to Tropical Salvage, they mine trees from beneath the ground, from ancient bogs where for centuries species-diverse caches of large trees have laid buried by the consequences of Indonesia’s perennial volcanic and tectonic activity.
Raising environmental awareness among employees and in the communities is important to Tropical Salvage. Tropical Salvage offers localized economic opportunity in areas of particular economic hardship. Furniture made by Tropical Salvage uses select quality hardwoods that are durable and beautiful. Products include dining tables, dressers to beds with each piece exhibiting its own unique combination of wood species, figure, color and history.
The disappearance of old-growth tropical forests in the developing world is principally driven by a high demand in the developed world for exotic forest products and for commodity quantities of agricultural products whose plantations replace tropical forests. By creating a responsible and sustainable business model through which to bring popular products to market, Tropical Salvage enables consumer choice to become a tool of activism. Tropical Salvage offers both a conduit through which to access accurate information about logging industry practices in Southeast Asia and an opportunity to buy responsibly.