At ProSono Hardwoods, we are committed to ethical and sustainable hardwood supply – and we love what we do.
Here we briefly introduce ourselves, discuss the issue of protecting southern Africa’s hardwood resources and outline our approach.
ProSono was founded in 1999 as a supplier of African hardwoods. The company’s journey since then has been colourful and inspiring.
As a team, we continue learning about hardwoods across southern Africa.
We are always searching for species that can:
We also continue developing relationships with gifted craftspeople and manufacturers around the world. This is an especially rewarding aspect of the work we do.
Find out more about who we are on our site. We also hope you’ll visit our newly launched blog periodically. We’ll be using it to cover news and information about the hardwoods ProSono supplies, along with other topics of general interest.
It’s vital to conserve African hardwood species if they’re to survive into the future. Without these hardwoods, local communities will lose an important resource.
Worldwide, several crafts and industries also depend on these woods.
For example, many of the world’s finest musical instruments are made from African hardwoods.
Little guarantee of ethical harvesting can exist where African hardwood is sourced outside the continent – or from any party without a well-established local presence.
This is because ensuring sustainable harvesting depends on:
Along with government authorities and NGOs, all parties in the hardwood supply chain have a role to play.
This includes landowners, loggers, sawmill owners and distributors. It also includes secondary manufacturers (those who use the wood to craft or build items) and end users (those who use items made of hardwoods).
Each party can help by choosing sustainable hardwood species and insisting on responsible harvesting practices.
ProSono adheres fully to CITES principles and is committed to sustainable practices.
These practices don’t start just at the entrance to our sawmill. We know the origin of all wood we process and have the necessary chain of custody in place. We require up-to-date cutting permits from our suppliers and provide hands-on supervision in the field.
Our approach also rests on these factors:
To find out more about the African hardwoods we supply or to discuss your project needs, contact us at ProSono – we’ll be pleased to assist.