Rattan -An Eco friendly alternative to plastic toys

Natural rattan furniture is as old as time. It has traditionally been associated with a tropical exotic and bohemian lifestyle, but nowadays It is enjoying a surge in popularity because of its sustainable nature. 

Rattan is a kind of palm tree that grows in South East Asia. In Malaysia, Indonesia, and in the Philippines. What makes it so special is that it is super resistant and really light. Rattan can be bent into different shapes with the use of heat and it retains the shape once cured. That allows furniture makers to avoid the use of materials that are toxic or not natural in the manufacturing process.

Its skin is used to tie the pieces together creating that characteristic binding, and to weave baskets and other items. There’s none or little wastage. It is also a sustainable crop because it needs the rainforest to thrive. This encourages natives to preserve the environment instead of destroying it for crops like palm, rubber o banana trees. We source our rattan from suppliers that harvest responsibly, only cutting down to 1m above the ground to ensure regeneration.

Rattan harvest - Credit: WWF indonesia

 

We have designed our rattan collection with a minimalistic modern approach but with a bit of that nostalgic bohemian touch, creating the perfect blend between the old and the new. A selection of decor, toys an accessories that will bring joy to your children and look divine in your house. 

Buying less but buying better is one of the multiple ways to live a more sustainable life. Rattan toys are incredibly durable so we made timeless toys for open and pretend play. We want you to use our toys, to repurpose them and to pass them on to the next generation, but if you need to know, nothing artificial means that rattan products are actually compostable ;-)

A bit of History:

There have been findings of rattan in Egyptian tombs. Later the Romans adopted its use and it got spread through the empire. In the 17th Century in Northern Europe it took the shape we are used to seeing nowadays.

Over the following 200 years rattan spread across the British Empire from India to the West Indies. Conquistadors brought their rattan chairs with them to America.  The 60s and 70s interior designers adopted rattan as one of their natural materials of choice, and now in 2021-2022 we see a huge raise on demand of products made from sustainable, and eco friendly materials. 

Image credit: 

© Kurniadi Camba / WWF-Indonesia.