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Is rattan furniture sustainable?

With Earth Day taking place on Thursday 22nd April and this year’s theme being ‘Restore our Earth’ we decided to look at the eco-friendly benefits of buying rattan furniture over other materials such as wood or plastic.  

This year’s theme – Restore our Earth not only reminds us of the harm that climate change is having on our planet but also looks at the rejection that we must adapt to the impact of climate change as the only option to combat the issue. Instead, we need to focus on natural system processes and emerging green technologies to restore the world’s ecosystem and rid our oceans of plastic waste.  

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What makes rattan so sustainable?

Rattan, a tree climbing vine-like plant can only exist growing amongst established trees in the tropical terrains of Asia, Africa, and Australia and is harvested without interrupting the structure or balance of the rainforest. 

Typically used for furniture, the super vine not only benefits the rainforest but the atmosphere as well, converting CO2 into clean air. As a superior eco-friendly material, rattan has the ability to renew itself within five to seven years.  

The production of sustainable rattan not only ensures long-term supply of the material, but also acts as a safeguard for ecosystem processes, endangered animal habitats and the livelihood of rural communities that have become reliant on this plant. 

Compared to wood, rattan grows exceptionally quickly, at a rate of 2cm per day, this means the vine is fully grown and ready for harvest within two years – a process that can take up to 30 years when growing wood. Once harvested, the tip of the vine is re-planted so the plant can grow again and protect the forest from degradation.  

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How is rattan harvested?

Rattan is much easier to harvest than other types of wood and is done by hand using a few simple tools, leaving the surrounding rainforest intact. This is essential for the re-growth of rattan that needs other trees and plants to climb up and grow.  

The vine is cut into 13-foot lengths and left to dry in the sun without the use of industrial machinery. Once the drying process is complete the rattan is stored for seasoning and graded before being shipped to furniture manufacturers. The vine is remarkably flexible, an ideal property for making intricate designs for tables, chairs, and sofas.  

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Does rattan produce waste?

Unlike other materials that can produce a lot of waste during the manufacturing process, every part of the rattan vine is used to make durable, luxury furniture. The outer skin of the vine is peeled back and used for weaving items such as baskets, chair seats and tabletops while the solid core of the cane is cut into sections and steamed, making it easier to manipulate into shape. Containing nothing but recyclable fibres, rattan doesn’t emit harmful gases into the atmosphere, helping to reduce our carbon footprint. 

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Is rattan biodegradable?

Unlike synthetic furniture, natural rattan is 100% biodegradable meaning it will naturally decompose without causing harm to the environment. However, you should be mindful of any finishes that may have been applied to your furniture during the manufacturing process and make sure you dispose of any old or unwanted furniture at your local recycling centre.

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What is Desser and Co’s commitment to sourcing sustainable rattan?

At Desser and Co we take great care in sourcing all our natural, quality rattan in Indonesia, working closely with local factories and growers to protect its stunning landscape. Rattan farming provides a sustainable income to some of the poorest people living on the fringes of the forests, helping generate employment and build communities. 

So, you can buy Desser’s conservatory and wicker furniture knowing that it is produced in an ethical and sustainable way – we promote Fair Trade and follow a low carbon emission business plan. 

References: 

https://greatermekong.panda.org/our_solutions/projects/sustainablerattan/factsinformation/

https://www.thespruce.com/what-is-rattan-furniture-made-from-2736315

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What Is AquaClean Fabric and Why Do You Need It?

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We’ve all been in that situation, you’ve had a glass of red wine, and spilled it all over your lovely sofa, or maybe your kids decided the sofa needed a felt tip makeover?  Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way for you to clean up the mess with minimal work and no chemicals…  

Thanks to AquaClean, scrubbing your sofas is a thing of the past! 

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What is AquaClean? 

AquaClean is a patented and effective material that makes cleaning off any mess from your cushions easier than before. It doesn’t matter what you’ve split; ink, wine, sauce, mud, chocolate or cream, all you need to do is get a damp cloth and some water and wipe away the dirt. Within a matter of seconds, your furniture will look as good as new! 

This is infinitely better than using chemicals, which can be harmful to your fabric, and may even be dangerous if you have young children or pets. 

Unlike many of easy-clean materials, AquaClean is soft and feels like a sofa made from natural fibres, here at Desser we have 9 lovely options to choose from! 

Quick Cleaning 

Like most of us life is busy, and having one less thing to do is always a welcome idea. Trying to balance work life, children, and maintaining your home is never an easy challenge. 

Or maybe your children have flown the nest and you have a slower pace of life, take the time to sit back, relax and enjoy your home rather than thinking about cleaning. 

How it works 

Many of the other easy-clean fabrics on the market are essentially just a regular fabric with a layer of plastic on the outside. Whilst this does make cleaning easier, it also has plenty of downsides. 

AquaClean works differently. The protective layer forms part of the fabrics itself, each thread is wrapped up in a substance that repels the dirt, meaning that it doesn’t soak into the fabric – which is why you just need a damp cloth to rid of any stains! Sounds good right?! 

AquaClean Fabric at Desser & Co 

You have a choice of 9 AquaClean fabrics here at Desser, available on any of our conservatory ranges all you need to do is select which shade you want and our in-house upholsterers will do the rest.  

All cushions and upholstery is done by hand in our UK workshop where we have a vigorous quality check to ensure only our best work leaves the building and to top things off, we will deliver your fully assembled furniture FREE of charge (UK Mainland only!). 

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The 9 AquaClean fabric options available at www.desser.co.uk

Conclusion

Your sofa is often the most used piece of furniture in your home, and can often start to look tired and worn easily. We believe that AquaClean fabric paired with our premium cushions and hand upholstered furniture is the recipe for a long lasting wicker rattan suite. 

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AquaClean Tulip Fabric

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The Perfect Home Décor Accessories to Make Your Home Look Complete

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Do you ever look at a space in your home and think “this room doesn’t quite look finished”, and you just cant quite put your finger on why? Hopefully the following article will help you identify the problem and provide you with some ideas on how to complete your home.

The Problem: Empty and boring walls 

The best way to make a wall more interesting is to put something on it or in front of it. Our Etagre shelving is available in a small and large size – you have to admit that this is so much nicer than your boring square shelving! 

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The Large Etagere Shelving Unit

Our extensive range of mirrors are ideal for filling your walls with something interesting to look at (including yourself I guess!) Place one by itself or go crazy and have a collection. 

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Desser and Co has a huge range of mirrors

The Problem: Your home always looks messy, even when you’ve tidied!

Maybe the problem you have is storage, or lack of.

As much as we try, our home will be filled with things that aren’t ‘insta worthy’, but are a necessity to keep. Luckily, this can be solved with ample storage so you can hide things away when they’re not in use. 

Our rattan sideboard/cupboard looks amazing in any space. We have seen our customers use it in the kitchen, hallway, lounge and even the bathroom. It has a shelf and plenty of room to store all those household necessities. 

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Rattan Cabinet

Our baskets are the perfect option for clearing away things that you need easy access too. Things like toys, blankets and even logs for the fire. 

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Set of 2 baskets

Pro tip: Fill empty corners with plants

We all love a house plant, which is why we stock some amazing planters. Available in both black and natural, you can place these in any room or space and fill any unwanted gaps in your décor. There are both real and fake options available.

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Planters – Set of 2 in Natural – Also available in Black

We’ve got loads more good stuff available with FREE UK mainland delivery – what are you waiting for?! Happy decorating! 

If you need any help purchasing our products, or have any questions please email sales@desser.co.uk