Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where does your name come from? Sounds like some in of meditation center. And how long have you been in business
The "d" in our name comes from Raymond Davids, our founder's last name. And "Bodhi" is the Sanskrit word for "enlightenment" or "awakening," as well as the symbol of the Bodhi Tree, the Tree of Wisdom. While we're not a meditation center, it does remind us to stay aligned with higher values in running our business. d-Bodhi began in November 2007
2. Is this Footprint Program for real? How can you possibly claim to be carbon neutral when this is such a complicated thing to figure out?
First of all, we don't claim to be carbon neutral – yet. That is our long-term goal To achieve that, we're working on several fronts – within the company through our Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR Unit. As well as externally in meeting the guidelines of the United Nations Global Compact with an annual public report so you can see our progress … and by participating in the Singapore Compact for Corporate Social Responsibility. Follow the Footprint link above for more information.
3. How is d-Bodhi connected to the Trees4Trees™ program?
As a key part of Footprint, our first step towards becoming carbon neutral is to bring you carbon compensated furniture through our partnership with the Trees4Trees™ program. For each d-Bodhi item sold over a minimum amount, we buy one tree planted by T4T in support of local farming families. The Trees4Trees™ database can tell us how much carbon is sequestered in the trees we've planted. From that we compensate for the carbon output used to make the furniture.Again, this is a first step and as we refine our knowledge and ability to gauge our carbon estimates, we will become truly carbon neutral
4. Is this really old teak wood from houses? Aren't you forcing people out of their homes just to buy their wood?
For the most part the teak wood comes from old houses people freely sell to us. But it might also be teak wood from a storage shed or other outbuildings in these isolated farming communities where we find the wood. A unique set of circumstances make all this possible. In these tiny farming villages tucked away in the hills of East Java, the main building material comes from teak trees growing all over the region. Very little brick or even cement is used because it's too expensive and hard to transport. Traditional knock-down houses, built without nails, are passed down through three generations. At that point, local custom says the house should be sold to buy new wood and built again. The people in the area know our local wood team and call us to begin negotiations. Another common reason for selling is to divide up an inheritance among the children, the same as you find in many countries in the world. To insure the wood is high quality and the price is fair, we meet directly with the families.