The word “furniture” features prominently in the Jensen Leisure Furniture name, but Robert Simeone, product development manager, insists “We are a wood company” at heart.
Simeone credits the remarkable uniformity and durability of the company’s wood furniture to sustainably cut trees that are usually between 125 and 150 years old. “We have close to two million acres in Bolivia, an area the size of Yellowstone National Park that is Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] certified,” he says. “Our company starts with our forest and timber supply, and it sets us apart from other companies.”
Going on two decades as an FSC entity, Jensen is completely integrated from the forest to wholesale distribution in the United States and the United Kingdom. “For companies that procure wood on a large volume basis, quality is always the number one challenge,” explains Simeone. “The trees that we cut, both the Ipe and the Roble have a large diameter, and that means heart wood increases.
“The key to longevity in weather is 100% heart wood, and the only way to get that is large diameter old trees,” adds Simeone.
By using only FSC certified wood, Jensen Leisure Furniture is working to maintain the long-term well-being of the forests and the people who depend on them.
The Ipé is certified to meet criteria of the FSC, a non-profit organization that sets international standards for responsible forestry. By sourcing materials in this manner, Jensen Leisure Furniture is helping to conserve tropical forests and enhance the standard of living in its surrounding communities.