'As part of the company vision,
DOCA are committed to
sustainable development
and social progress'

Environment & Sustainability

DOCA take their environmental responsibility very seriously and hold both PEFC and FSC® certificates. This means that all wood-based materials are procured under fair conditions – fair to both humans and nature and are from sustainable, social forestry.

No wood is sourced from natural forest plantations, genetically modified planting or illegal de-forestation

As part of the company vision, DOCA are committed to sustainable development and social progress.

DOCA also have the ISO-14001 Environmental Management Systems certificate. as well as ISO-9001 certificate for Quality Management Systems.

 

In addition to FSC & PEFC, DOCA also have the ISO-14001 Environmental Management Systems certificate and ISO-9001 certificate for Quality Management Systems.

The Love of Wood

DOCA love using wood for their finishes and accessories. Here’s an extract of an article they wrote on their website about using Beech wood

Beech tree forests are therapeutic, magical places

Beech tree forests are therapeutic, magical places where dampness and fog cause a strange sensation which overwhelms us as we enter, stimulating our most vivid imagination.

This fairy kingdom, which has been the source of creative inspiration for many who have written and still write endless stories about magic, the place where thousands of legends are told, where new mythological beings are created, where filmmakers choose their setting with beech trees often playing a leading role.

European beech tree forests go from the south of Norway and Sweden right down to Pilio in central Greece, reaching the sides of the Mount Etna volcano in Sicily, and Tinença de Benifassa –Els Ports Natural Park which is found in the north of the Valencian Community and the south of Catalonia, Spain.

They are also to be found throughout central Europe, in well-known places like the Black Forest in Germany, Soignes and Sart-Tilman forests in Belgium, as well as others in France where beech trees make up 10% of their forests.

Our peninsula is home to 40 of these ‘sanctuaries’, with the most important one on a worldwide scale being Irati Forest in Navarra.

Beech tree leaves

This majestic (Fagus Sylvática) beech tree is part of the most beautiful deciduous forests on the Iberian Peninsula, it is renowned for its stature measuring between 30 and 45 metres in height, and its upright trunk with smooth greyish black bark up to an advanced age. It has oval, light green coloured leaves all over the many branches between autumn and spring, depending on the climate and altitude. At the beginning of autumn the leaves are a beautiful intense range of colours from green to ochre and reddish brown, making a wonderful photographic scene, which unfortunately lasts only a few days. Small flowers appear on the foiliage during the spring and then the beechnuts come out, which are an exquisite delicacy for rodents like squirrels as well as various birds.

Lo Faig Pare, or Father Beech Tree

Lo Faig Pare, or Father Beech Tree

Hayedo del Retaule, in the heart of Tinença De Benifassa-Els Ports Natural Park in Spain, along the ravine of the same name, is where you can find this spectacular tree which was given the name ‘Lo Faig Pare’ (Father Beech Tree).

It is unique due to its fantastic, strange shapes making it look like a tree straight out of a fairytale or from a long told legend, with its uncovered weird shaped roots; this is one of the most beautiful treesin the Natural Park, and was declared a monumental tree by Dpt. Agriculture, Farming and Fishing on 3rd December 1992. The tree is 25metres high, and is full of branches and knots. It is thought to be more than 250 years old, though it is approaching the end of its lifespan which is calculated at around three hundred years

Beech Wood impregnates better than others so it can be used in any hydraulic or marine work and is suitable for making oars, in agriculture it is used for making tool handles, wheelbarrows, carts and ploughs. In the home it is used for making tables, chairs, stools, stairs, parquet floors, toys, clothes pegs, paintbrush handles, and as it can be bent easily it is useful for making hoops, sieves and other circular pieces, for office furniture and kitchen furniture, shelves, decking, cutlery trays, drawers, accessories, kitchen utensils.

Detail of a curved, turned cutlery tray made from Beech by DOCA 2002

Detail of a curved, turned cutlery tray made from Beech by DOCA 2002

Although the furniture market will always follow new trends, create new designs, and use new materials, beech wood has always been present, perhaps even more so in the background, in silence, ready to be ‘manipulated’, knowing that beauty comes from fleeting experiences.