Eco-Friendly Rattan Garden Furniture
Rattan furniture can either be made with natural materials or with manmade, synthetic fibres. Those with the environment on the brain may assume that natural materials are more eco-friendly than synthetic materials, but this is not always the case. There are benefits to both types of materials, but whether it is eco-friendly or not really depends on the way that it is sourced and made.
THE OUTDOOR ELEMENTS
Natural rattan is like any wood, it doesn’t mix well with moisture. In Britain, this means that it is particularly unsuited to outdoor use. It is either used under cover of a veranda or porch, or it is simply used indoors permanently.
Synthetic rattan is designed to withstand the elements and can stay fully outdoors all year round. It happily sits out in the rain and the sun and can be washed as many times as you like without losing structural integrity or colour like natural rattan. In this respect, synthetic rattan is much more environmentally friendly as it can be used as outdoor furniture with next to no maintenance and will last much longer than if natural rattan was used in this way.
HOW IT IS SOURCED
It is easy to presume that synthetic rattan is created by using many chemicals and unnatural process that make the production harmful to the environment. However, many forget that the demand for rattan is very high, and there is the potential for exploitation of natural resources, animals and communities to meet this demand, making natural rattan potentially environmentally unfriendly too.
NATURAL RATTAN SOURCES
Rattan forests are an important part of the economies of many villages in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. However, as the demand for rattan grows, these villages can’t always cope and the buyer goes elsewhere to fill the gap in supply, and they don’t always go to the most sustainable source. The unsustainable harvest of rattan leads to the destruction of forest eco-systems and the pollution of soil, air and water.
Sustainable rattan therefore helps protect forests, as well as the species that live in the forests and people’s livelihoods. Through the WWF and its rattan Forest Stewardship scheme, there is beginning to be more and more sustainable rattan products on the market.
SYNTHETIC RATTAN PRODUCTION
The main problem that eco-friendly people have with synthetic rattan is that it is made out of plastic, and will therefore cause harm to the environment. However, synthetic rattan furniture should be made from high density polyethylene resins that are non-toxic, making the manufacturing process very green. They emit no toxic substances even when burnt and are 100% recyclable.
WHICH TO CHOOSE
In an ideal world, you’d be able to purchase rattan garden furniture that supports the eco-system in which it was grown, but also has all the durability of synthetic rattan. Unfortunately technology has not progressed this far, and you have to make a choice. If you want rattan garden furniture that serves the purpose with little or no maintenance, then you should go for synthetic rattan. If you’d like beautiful furniture that has to be kept indoors, then natural rattan is the choice for you.
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