Rae Lewis. Furniture. November 28th , 2017.
Yet, popular as it is, rattan garden furniture is by no means the only type of outdoor furniture available on the market. On the contrary, there are a number of different materials for outdoor furniture, both natural and synthetic, which may be good alternatives to rattan for home-owners less fond of this material. This article goes over a few of the most common.
Most of the clout natural materials hold as bases for both indoor and outdoor furniture stem from their long production history. Some of the fibres used to produce outdoor furniture in the 21st century are exactly the same used by the Ancient Egyptians when they first began using the technique of weaving, several centuries before Christ. This traditional aspect is appealing to most home-owners, and goes a long way towards explaining the significant popularity these materials continue to enjoy to this day.
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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.
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.
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