Rattan Coasters (Set of 4)
Our coasters are handweaved out of rattan, an eco friendly material.
Rattan harvesting has a reduced impact on the environment
Rattan is a type of palm native to tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australasia.
It grows quickly, like a vine, at up to 6 metres a year. It renews itself quickly if it is harvested in an ecologically sound way and unlike hardwood trees, rattan matures in just two months.
It can be harvested relatively easily as it only requires the use of simple tools to cut the stems. It is certainly still a labour-intensive task though, meaning numerous people can be given work during the harvest season.
Rattan is able to provide some of the poorest people in the world with an income that they can rely on. Those living in Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia, along with the many other developing countries in which it grows, are able to set up smallholdings and sell rattan to suppliers.