Teak is one of the most well known timbers, not a native species to Indonesia it was introduced by the Dutch colonials and has now become one of the largest export timbers for Indonesia for flooring and furniture products. As a plantation timber it is in itself sustainably managed, but as a monoculture Teak can have quite negative impact on the soil as it is known to drain soil of most of its nutrition’s, so if not managed well the soil might degrade and it could take decades to revitalize it for other crops.
On the other hand Teak is a fabulous timber with beautiful grain and excellent performance characteristics. It is also available as Reclaimed Teak, as it is very durable and was one of the main species used in wooden house construction in Java (Joglo, Gladak, etc.).