“Three initials and one mission: wooden furniture made with quality, dedication and respect for its origin”.
TIP Muebles is a socially responsible, environmentally sustainable company, committed to the conservation of natural resources. Its furniture is made with wood from forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). It contributes to rational forest management, promotes social welfare and provides economic benefits for the rural communities tasked with looking after the forests, which in turn prevents migration.
It is the last link in a production chain that begins with the cutting, extraction and industrialization of wood to turn it into a quality product that will last a lifetime.
The project began in 2006, when three indigenous communities in the Sierra Norte and Sierra Sur of Oaxaca came together to manage their forests properly. They sought to create efficient production cycles to protect a common good, eventually becoming a national and international example of production and community support. TIP Muebles draws its name from the three community forest enterprises comprising it: Santiago Textitlán (T), Ixtlán de Juárez (I) and Pueblos Mancomunados (P).
TIP Furniture is the trademark of Integradora Comunal Forestal de Oaxaca (ICOFOSA).
Where you can purchase the product:
TIP Muebles has three branches in the city of Oaxaca:
- Calle Álamos 613, Reforma, 68050 Oaxaca, Oax.
- Internacional 1810, Agencia Municipal Santa María Ixcotel, 71229 Santa Lucía del Camino, Oax.
- Símbolos Patrios 2001, Ex Hacienda Candiani, 68130 Oaxaca, Oax.
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Oaxaca has immense potential for timber production. Two-thirds of the state is covered by forest, whether tropical or pine and oak, much of which is owned by communities.
It was not until 1980, however, that communities began to exert significant control over forest management and timber extraction. In recent decades, settlers have gone from being the spectators of forest management undertaken by concessionaires, to working as laborers for the latter, to managing their own forests, logging companies, sawmills and timber drying kilns.
In 2005, three of the most advanced community forest enterprises –Santiago Textitlán Oaxaca, Ixtlan de Juárez and Pueblos Mancomunados– purchased factories to produce furniture from the wood they extracted. The following year, those same communities formed the ICOFOSA partnership to coordinate the production and sale of furniture. ICOFOSA subsequently launched TIP Muebles as its commercial branch with the aim of retailing the furniture produced by its members.