Traditionally our planters were made of teak. Nowadays our planters are made of Accoya wood.
Accoya wood is obtained from sustainably managed forests and surpasses the quality of the best tropical woods. During their growth trees obtain carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and in return they produce the oxygen we breathe. If forests are well-managed, they provide an inexhaustible source of resources. Accoya wood is made of Radiata Pine, is fast growing, has increased CO2 storage and is very suitable for outdoor use. Jac Blom BV is a certified Accoya processor.
Advantages of using Accoya wood:
- Little to no dimensional changes
- No fungal decay is guaranteed for 25 years in water and 50 years on a dry surface
- Excellent coating performance with little maintenance required
- Consistent quality
- 100% environment-friendly as proven by many leading ecolabels, such as Cradle to Cradle Gold, FSC, KOMO certification mark
Plants, trees and fish in wooden tubs or containers made of Accoya wood: The level of acetic acid that remains in the Accoya wood is approximately 0.5-06%, which is comparable to oak and a natural phenomenon in most woods. The acetic acid will slowly leach at the front and open sides of the planter. In England, for example, wooden garden tubs made of Accoya have been used for 10 years. Breeding trays for fish used in Japan, California, and South Korea are made of Accoya wood as well. It is not necessary to line the insides of the wooden tubs with foil or to treat them with coating.
Other wood types:
The origin of teak lies in South-East Asia, in countries like Indonesia and India. In teak from dry regions one can see more colour differences, for example in teak from India. In the tropics many teak trees are planted. Teak from the forests of Burma/Myanmar and from the plantations on Java has a far more even colour. In fast-growing teak wood from plantations the durability varies; however, this is not the case with teak from natural forests.
Oak is one of the best-known types of wood. Oak wood is strong and hard, but less or not at all suitable for the production of planters. Oak is not resistant against water/moisture and soil, and is therefore damaged within a couple of years. Oak contains high levels of tanning fluids, and because of this metal corrodes quickly when it comes in contact with oak.