Monash University long timber seats

Defining sustainability can be challenging for street furniture designers and manufactures. The ubiquitous term can mean social responsibility, use of certified materials and non-pollutant technologies, employment fairness and more. But at the heart of it all it’s very simple, to design public furniture that supports the long-term ecological balance.

Sustainable design is the philosophy of designing products – from procuring raw materials, through to manufacture, end use and final disposal that comply with the principals of social, economic and environmental sustainability. As companies aspire to create products that leave the smallest ecological footprint possible, significant advances in sustainably grown Australian hardwood has led to a resurgence in urban timber designs. Timber is not only a renewable and recyclable resource but it is also energy-efficient to produce. Importantly, timber acts as a carbon store, playing a significant part in reducing carbon emissions.

Timber monash seat

The Timber

At Draffin we want to have a positive impact on the environment. By utilising eco-friendly native Australian hardwood, we are supporting our local sustainably managed forests. This creates employment, diversity and stability in our local communities, helping to reduce the risk of depletion in the long run.

Australian hardwood is well known for its overall reliability. Being both hard wearing and low maintenance means it can easily withstand the harsh and ever changing climate. Our standard timber is Class 1 furniture grade, PEFC certified hardwood that complies with stringent economic, social and cultural criteria – ensuring that environmental needs are met and protected for generations to come.

Draffin Street Furniture’s PEFC sourced timber supplier is – Mathews Timber

Monash custom timber seat

The Finish

Our protective timber coating of choice is Intergrain Ultradeck. This natural looking oil is dirt and stain resistant, resulting in a finish that protects and enhances the beautiful characteristics of the timber. A long lasting water based oil, Ultradeck emits significantly less VOC’s into the atmosphere than traditional decking oil based finishes. It’s safe to use, gentle on the environment and will protect your timber furniture against the elements and abrasive effects of continuous use. All that’s needed is routine 12 monthly maintenance inspections, to keep your timber looking fresh.

Custom timber bench seat

Smart Design

At Draffin, we focus on providing high quality, yet functional products that will enhance any outdoor space. Our custom designs utilise materials that have minimal impact on the environment – reducing maintenance, replacement and wastage. Draffin’s friendly design team are always available to discuss using sustainable timber in your projects.


For more information on our sustainably sourced timber products, enquire now.