Sustainable style with a conscience
You may already know that Makasi Imports is the go-to specialist wholesaler supplying the UK’s largest range of high quality garden, home & giftware products, along with a complete range of driftwood style furniture, but you might not so be familiar with their fair trade and sustainability credentials.
Makasi Imports’ products are made using only natural, sustainable or reclaimed materials, without the use of fertilizer or pesticides. For example, their teak and driftwood style products are hand made by small family businesses using recycled teak tree roots. This enables the whole tree to be used sustainably in the furniture making process, allowing replacement trees to be planted and thereby eliminating waste, creating employment and benefiting the environment.
They also have a range of products made by repurposing upcycled and reclaimed wood from discarded teak boats and furniture.
Makasi Imports’ founder and Managing Director, Dan Unsworth, regularly travels around the globe to maintain close relationships with their manufacturers – visiting them in their workshops and factories so that he can personally guarantee the quality and ethical production of all products.
On a recent visit to Indonesia, Dan took time out of his schedule to donate resources to some of the local elementary schools attended by Makasi workers children. “We are now well established as a company in Java and Bali and we think it’s important to help these local communities by giving something back where we can.”
This philosophy extends to Makasi’s day-to-day business. During the shipping crisis they took the decision to reduce their margins rather than pass the full cost of increased shipping and materials costs onto their customers, to try and help them keep the ball rolling. “We were very aware that if we were to slow things down we would lose vital employees in the UK and in Indonesia and we didn’t want to do that. Our customers really appreciated our philosophy and we had a lot of positive feedback when others were struggling to maintain their client base.”
Makasi like to keep things fresh – constantly expanding their range of products to ensure that they can always offer their clients something new. “We have 150 brand new products coming in during 2023, and we have concentrated on bringing in many more smaller new products with a lower price tag. We hope this will help fill the gap for our customers in terms of sales, due to the current slow down on bigger price tag items.” With shipping containers arriving in the UK every 5 days, they have a warehouse full of stock and can fulfil customer orders quickly, despatching most deliveries within 48 hours.
So, if you’re sourcing high quality products and looking for something a bit different from the rest, email your company details to firstname.lastname@example.org for a trade login to purchase from their website.