The story of Diamond Tropical Hardwoods grew out of a desire to help and serve others. Kevin and Christine Yardley met while both were studying at Harvard University. Upon graduating, the newlyweds volunteered to teach English for the WorldTeach organization in rural Costa Rica. Because there was no guarantee of them being stationed in the same area, Christine became a teacher in the program while Kevin began dedicating his prodigious energy to protecting the environment in an entrepreneurial way. Costa Rica had some of the fastest deforestation rates in the world, so there was a desperate need to offset this environmental destruction. Costa Rica’s biodiversity includes 5 percent of all known species in an area the size of West Virginia. The reforestation effort in Costa Rica has done a great deal of good.

In 1992, Diamond Tropical Hardwoods bought their first degraded cattle farm and began planting teak. In addition to farming teak, they have planted seventy other species including endangered native trees such as mahogany, purpleheart and cocobolo rosewood.  Today, their 12 plantations protect more than 1000 acres of primary and secondary jungle. The company has seen the impact of logging in the rainforest and the widespread harm that it produces. This is why Diamond Tropical Hardwoods adheres to strong principles and certifies their reforestation to be organic and sustainable.

Our Story

Environmental Consciousness

We began reforesting trees in 1993. These projects produce clean air and water (more than a thousand people get drinking water from our natural springs) as well as natural habitat for endangered species such as jaguars, scarlet macaws, and squirrel monkeys. “We also produce Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified woods so that you know these are sustainable. We have chain-of-custody (CoC) certification (FSC-C005190) that keeps track of our wood” Here are some important facts about why you should use more wood!

 

STEEL: requires 26% more energy to produce than wood; emits 34% more greenhouse gases than wood; releases 24% more pollutants into the air than wood; discharges 400% more water pollution than wood; produces 8% more solid waste than wood; and uses 11% more resources than wood.

 

CONCRETE: embodies 57% more energy than wood; emits 81% more greenhouse gases than wood; releases 47% more pollutants into the air than wood; discharges 350 percent more water pollution than wood; produces 23% more solid waste than wood; and uses 81% more resources than wood.

 

In today’s global market, our buying power goes well beyond the product purchased. What we buy acts as a vote for a company’s political and environmental policies. Diamond Tropical Hardwoods is an exemplary model of how companies can provide a superior product at affordable prices, while also enriching the environment and culture of the people. This Pennsylvania-based company has taken a long-term view by planting the most valuable, rarest, hardest exotic woods. Diamond Tropical Hardwoods has the hardest, most beautiful wood in the world.

 

The company’s commitment to the environment also extends to the local community in Costa Rica. The enterprise supports local schools and communities. “Strong schools serve everyone. The children of the people we work with will be our accountants, lawyers, and doctors.” In addition, all of the bridges between the province of San Jose and the main road in the province of Puntarenas have been built with help from the company.

 

The fact that the employees in Diamond Tropical Hardwoods are treated like
family members is evidenced in the amazing quality of their wooden products.

Our Philosophy

Our goal is to reforest the rainforest while making sustainable, long-lasting products. Respect, Empathy, and Hardwork are key aspects of our identity. We vow to always respect the Rainforest and plant trees to protect future generations. For every order we receive, we use your money to plant more trees. 

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Our Process