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Pacific Green Industries (Fiji) Limited (PGI, SPSE) is the Fijian manufacturer of Pacific Green brand furniture and architectural products. It is most recognised for its development of Palmwood, a sustainable substitute for tropical hardwood. Pacific Green is distributed internationally.
Post & Rail Furniture opened in 1973 in Sydney, Australia. As it expanded internationally in the late 1980s, the company rebranded as Pacific Green. Its purpose was to create a viable substitute for tropical hardwoods by recycling plantation coconut palms. Although palms are extremely hard and durable, their unique properties made them difficult to work using conventional techniques. At Sigatoka in the Fijian Islands, Pacific Green set up the world’s first factory dedicated to the research and development of coconut palms.
Development of hardwood substitutes
Palmwood was the name Pacific Green gave to the finished ‘hardwood’ material it developed. Process breakthroughs had created a durable consumer-oriented product that was suitable in a variety of climates and resilient to wood-boring insects. Palmwood is an ecologically sustainable timber alternative.
The designs of the furniture - by Bruce Dowse and his Australian design team - are inspired by the artefacts and tools of traditional societies, using natural materials sourced from around the World. Each piece is handcrafted by artisans using traditional techniques and is designed to give a sense of its global ethnic origins.
Socially responsible manufacturing
Pacific Green pioneered the creation of a socially responsible industry for the Pacific region. By recycling unproductive coconut palms, old plantation land was returned to the local villages to replant with young fruit-bearing palms and other cash crops. The factory was built in consultation with the surrounding villages, and the land used was leased from the villagers to respect local ownership. Pacific Green Industries (Fiji) Limited is listed on the South Pacific Stock Exchange and its majority owners are the Fijian people.
Manufacturing processes use no toxins or chemicals and by-products are reused. In 2001, Pacific Green addressed the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on the social responsibility of manufacturing companies. Pacific Green also advised the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization on its study on Coconut Palm Stems. From the mid-1990s to early-2000s, actor Pierce Brosnan was the company's Environmental Spokesperson.
Pacific Green unveiled the Indigenous Masterpieces concept at its debut in Milan's Salone del Mobile in 2011.
- "Design for Sustainable Development" (PDF). European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.