Environmental impact

Our passion over decades has been to provide low-cost, sustainable, environmentally friendly, housing solutions. We try to uphold a strong commitment to sustainability, and as low a footprint as we can. By their very nature the yurts have a fraction of the environmental footprint of a standard building. As a lifestyle choice they promote a simpler lower impact life, give options for folk to get established with a home, or alternative space, without huge mortgages that in them selves are unsustainable in this world. Aesthetically the structure and shape of these traditional spaces are pleasing and harmonious and inspire a sense of peace and balance. Simple is good.


The main timber we use in yurts is Native Beech. This is sustainably harvested on the West Coast or Southland with FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) certification. The tipis use Douglas Fir which we harvest ourselves and is self seeded regrowth underneath commercial forestry plantations, which is smashed to bits in the usual logging operations. We use some Cedar and Eucalyptus also which are also from sustainable forestry.

Due to their natural durability none of our timber is or needs treatment.

The Beech timber is selected and cut specifically to our dimensions and lengths from suitable trees, with minimal wastage. We do get some defects within this, some of which gets rejected if it compromises strength, and this gets used by local crafts people, recycled to build our packing boxes, or at a last resort to heat our homes! Minor and visual / aesthetic defects we fill and repair, so please expect some small anomalies … all part of the hand finish!


Most of our canvas is woven and manufactured in Australia from Aussy grown cotton. As we understand this is the last developed country to be still weaving and manufacturing canvas. Offcuts are used in-house as much as possible, or given to local artisans.


Our wool insulation is manufactured from recycled wool, largely from the carpet industry. It is treated with a natural organic pyrethrum insect repellant.

Our offcuts are recycled locally into various applications, mainly as insulation in houses.


Unfortunately some of our materials come in packaging. We manage to recycle most of it ~ our product goes out in as much of the same packaging that it came in.

The boxes we build to send the yurts out in are made from ‘cover sheets’ which are the outside packaging on commercial timber packs, themselves poorer quality or damaged sheets. We use off-cuts from our timber to frame them.