I. LiK and Touch Vietnam

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LiK® is an initiative of Touch Vietnam that provides wooden pieces for society to create objects. We are committed to preserve the nature by strictly managing our manufacture. We want to inspire people’s imagination and creativity. We aim to promote a commitment to sustainable play for generations to come, cultivate creative minds and bring society closer to meaningful play experience. We are doing our part to promote better quality of life, minimizing impact to environment and giving back to community as follow:

  1. All of our wooden pieces are made from natural, recycled and sustainable (rubber wood and pine wood) materials and non-toxic finishes. We also practice sustainable manufacture processes.
  2. We support local council for disabled people and correctional youth to learn woodworking as a job orientation.

Integrating green principles into the research and development of new processes or materials and the re-evaluation of existing processes and ingredients is our priority of sustainable development.

II. LiK Vietnam and The Environment

1. Manufacture Process

LiK BlocksWood is the most sustainable building material as trees take carbon dioxide out of the air while growing and stores it in the form of cellulose. Manufacturing of wood based products results in far less carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere than competing building products or alternative materials. With innovative design and safety standards, our company has applied the process of manufacturing eco-friendly toys for children into the process of making every piece of LiK, which has been accepted to import to North America and Europe.

All LiK pieces use eco-friendly varnish, instead of chemical varnish, with no sharp edges, making the material not only safe for humans but also for the environment.

We also optimize our material usage as we design the processes so that waste is minimized in our factory. We start by making the biggest pieces first, the smaller parts are manufactured using the left over material. Generally, in this process up to 20% of material is wasted. We make our smallest LiK pieces - C and D size - with this leftover material.

We only use wood from sustainable, managed forests and plantations such as New Zealand Pine Wood and Rubber Wood in Vietnam surrounding countries. So when you buy a LiK product, you can be assured that the highest levels of ethics have been followed in producing it.

2. Our Wood

LiK-camketbenvungSustainable wood comes from sustainable managed forests. It’s renewable because the forest stewards manage the landscape to prevent damage to eco-systems, watersheds, wildlife and the trees themselves, taking a long term rather than short term view of the resource.

According to Good Wood Guide and FSC, "Sustainable Wood" is:

  • NOT derived from rainforests or native growth forests (old growth)
  • Grown in plantations as a renewable resource
  • Recycled timber
  • Laminates (plywood) and other composite woods from plantations
  • Timber that has not led to habitat destruction.

Sustainability in this context means the forest should still be there for the next generations, able to soak up carbon emissions and keep our air clean for generations to come as well as a haven for wildlife. Wood from other unsustainable sources, on the other hand, is chopped down wholly, leaving bare areas that, unless they’re carefully treated, never really recover to their former glory.

2.1 Pine Tree

At LiK Vietnam, we use pinewood imported from New Zealand. The New Zealand plantation forest resources is 90% radiate pine, and is among the most intensively managed in the world, and are capable of yielding large volumes of high-quality logs on rotations of 25-30 years. These forests are managed sustainably to ensure continuous future log supply. International agencies and environmental groups have certified this wood supplier’s forest management practices.

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Pinewood is natural, sustainable and strong – our wood pieces are created by selectively sawing and processing, with low manufacturing and small environmental energy costs. The result is a natural wood product from a renewable resource. New Zealand planted forests are expanding and maturing at a rate which provides an increasing volume of plantation pine for the future. Extensive new plantings are increasing the overall yield and providing security of supply. The strength of New Zealand pine compares favourably with most traditional construction lumber.

Advanced management tools, including computer simulation of forest growth, log quality, and processing options, are used to ensure that the best decisions are made for each of plantations. The forests are continually monitored to ensure that they remain healthy and free from attack by pathogens (Croft Poles).

2.2 Rubber Wood

Rubber wood is the most ecologically "friendly" lumber used in today's furniture industry. They are known for the quality latex they produce. The life cycle of these trees is short (25-30 years). It means that they can be grown quickly allowing you to obtain more wood in a less period of time. There are extensive plantations with these trees in Southeast Asia.

Vietnam is one of the four-biggest rubber exporters in the world.

After the economic life of the rubber tree, which is generally 20 years, the latex yields become extremely low and the planters then cut the rubber trees and plant new ones. The earlier practice was to burn the tree at the end of its latex-producing cycle.

But now, the usage of rubber wood has been extended to different sectors. Rubber wood has a dense grain that is easily controlled in the kiln drying process. It is used in higher end furniture and has attractive coloring, does not shrink as some other woods do and can take a number of different finishes making it highly valued.

So, unlike other woods that are cut down for the sole purpose of producing furniture, rubber wood is used only after it completes its latex producing cycle and dies.

This wood is therefore eco-friendly in the sense that we are now using what was going as waste, in other words, its main ecological value comes from the fact that the wood is being used rather than being burned after being cut down.

III. LiK Vietnam and The Society

We connect with many local council houses for the disabled, the disadvantaged, and youth who have committed minor crimes in the past in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to offer useful woodworking training sections and make LiK’s “make to order” products. With skills they are taught by LiK Team, they are creating useful things for society.

In addition, all orders we receive about assembled products or finished projects, we act as a bridge, and transfer the orders to the council houses for the disadvantaged to assemble these products. This way, we provide an income to them and teach the importance of strong work values, provide useful skills to equip them for life and a platform to contribute to society.

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