Jordan David. Furniture. May 20th , 2017.
Synthetic Rattan Furniture: Synthetic materials are usually regarded with suspicion when it comes to environmental sustainability, even when, as with rattan furniture, this is one of the main selling points employed by manufacturers and retailers.
So, is rattan furniture eco-friendly? In a nutshell, yes. Both the natural and synthetic variants of the material are sustainable from an environmental standpoint, and the lines below go into more detail about why.
However, rattan garden furniture is one of the few instances where claims about a synthetic material being entirely eco-friendly and environmentally sound are entirely accurate and easy to demonstrate. Most synthetic rattan items are made from materials especially devised and treated to ensure they do not harm the environment, namely by releasing toxins onto the air or soil immediately surrounding the item. As such, home-owners thinking of buying these items need not worry that the synthetic polymers at their root will unwittingly harm the environment; every synthetic rattan garden furniture item available on the market is guaranteed to be entirely eco-friendly and environmentally safe.
Each of these materials possesses its own set of strengths and weaknesses, so home-owners are advised to check which one would best suit their needs before purchase, if at all possible. However, despite their differences, all of these materials also share a few common traits, such as weather resistance, sturdiness and low maintenance requirements, which make them firm favourites among British home-owners. This is a large part of the reason why rattan garden furniture continues to be the best-selling type of outdoor furniture across the western world, even despite the existence of the numerous other options listed in this article.
In fact, rather than harm the environment, rattan can be considered to benefit it, insofar as it is used as a replacement for wood wicker in many furniture items. This, in turn, helps preserve forests, as it reduces the need to source wood from trees, preventing deforestation and logging. Furthermore, this plant is often grown in floodplains, thereby facilitating the appearance of animal populations in said areas and making use of soil which would, otherwise, go unused. Finally, rattan harvesting and sourcing helps provide jobs for inhabitants of the areas of the world the material is commonly found at, thus helping maintain a sustainable economy.
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