- Our sustainable development policy
- In the field, hand in hand with our suppliers
- Encouraging community projects
- Our partners
- Everyday ecology
In 2006, Maisons du Monde brought out its first furniture catalogue, featuring handcrafted objects and furniture from all over the world.
The furniture is made primarily from tropical wood, such as mahogany and bamboo harvested on the island of Java in Indonesia, Indian rosewood, mango wood and acacia harvested in India. However temperate species are also used, such as pine, oak, elm and birch harvested in New Zealand, the USA and Canada.
As a retailer of exotic wood furniture, we are extremely concerned about the problem of deforestation.
With between 10 and 13 million hectares of old-growth forest disappearing each year, the impact on the environment, the local populations and the economies of the countries in question is enormous.
The problem of deforestation is compounded by the issue of illegal timber supplies, which are thought to account for a quarter of the timber imported into Europe today.
Maisons du Monde, as a responsible and committed company, wants to help change this situation.
Given the limited availability of certified tropical wood on the market, we must work with the local populations to seek solutions to achieve sustainable management of natural resources. As a furniture retailer whose concept is based on promoting craftsmanship, it is our responsibility to assist our suppliers in ensuring the traceability of their wood and gaining certification. Together we need to take this issue forward, to give them the keys to achieving social development that is compatible with protecting natural resources
Xavier Marie, CEO and Founder