Lacquer refers to a milky white sap obtained from the bark of lacquer trees.
It is said that each tree produces only 150g of sap before it runs dry and is felled. It then takes between 10 and 15 years for a new tree to grow in its place, ready for re-harvesting.
Careful management of tree planting makes lacquer a renewable resource, and it has thus been a crucial part of our lives from times of old.
However, in recent years changes in lifestyle and the proliferation of plastic products has resulted in a decrease in demand for traditional Japanese lacquerware.
People expressed their desire to continue using traditional Japanese lacquer items, which they held close to their hearts, long into the future.
To satisfy such qualms an all-new material, SUSTIMO®︎ was developed for use in TUGI TUGI.