Using sustainable materials to produce eco-friendly furniture is our passion at Vast, and Rattan is one of the most renewable and durable resources on the planet!
The Rattan we source grows naturally, almost like a weed, in the forests of Indonesia. Growing naturally without interrupting the present structure and balance of the rainforest, Rattan is the fastest developing tropical wood and an exceptionally sustainable material, renewing in only 5-7 years.
Harvesting is done by hand causing minimum impact to forest structures and with the importance of trees to growing rattan, it encourages forest retention as the trees are needed to support the growth of the rattan. Local farmers harvesting the rattan also re-plant tip of the vine at the base of its tree ready to repeat the process again and again.
Kuranda Rattan Range
Unlike some materials which create a lot of waste from their unusable elements, you can use every bit of rattan in the furniture-making process. All of its exterior and interior parts are pliable and can be shaped as desired. A further benefit of rattan is that it doesn’t require heavy lacquers or staining, many of these finishing products contain chemicals which can cause significant negative effects for people and the environment. See our Tarmo natural range which features the Rattan vine, skin on, in its completely natural form.
Tarmo Rattan Range
Rattan is just as strong and sturdy as wood (it is actually stronger then Steel on a weight by weight basis) and is built to last for decades when properly taken care of. Hand craftsmanship further enhances this natural durability because the traditional techniques used have been proven to stand the test of time. We have worked with the same patio furniture supplier for over 20 years and these Artisan producers take care and pride in their work so it will last generations. Quality Rattan furniture will always have a place in your home as its timeless appeal is always on trend.
Avoca Rattan Range
So ... that is why Rattan is one of our most popular material choices for furniture construction, from the sustainable vine itself, the local communities supported in the manufacturing process and the combination of superb durability and timeless design. So if your keen to be green choose sustainable furniture that lasts!
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