Natural rattan that lives in tropical forests has many benefits and a strong material to be made into high-priced items. Natural rattan is considered an environmentally friendly item because it can grow without harming other plants, when natural rattan is harvested it will be able to grow back in almost two years. With the presence of rattan, the wooden community will be preserved. Natural Rattan has a diameter of 2 to 5 cm, has long segments, not hollow, and has small thorns that are useful for avoiding attacks by opponents, including humans if they want to touch it. When cut down, rattan plants will emit water which functions to survive in the wild . It should be noted that rattan is a source of food for the Javan rhino, which is now extinct. Let’s plant rattan for the preservation of forest and forest animals.
Rattan has a fast development to grow and harvest, so that export needs will be maintained and provide a large enough contribution to the forest ecosystem because it clogs up the continuous logging.
Nowadays, natural rattan has begun to be used for the world of furniture industry, natural rattan is a lot of fun and orders for export abroad. Before use, the rattan will first be cleaned to remove the thorns and will be boiled. There are 2 procedures for processing rattan that we often encounter,
- For large rattan use kerosene and small rattan will go through the fumigation process with sulfur
- The rattan will then be processed to become woven materials such as pitrit, lessio, core, peel, and usually used for craft materials.
Rattan has many benefits in the industrial sector, the raw material with rods and segments can be transformed into quality materials and high selling value to be exported abroad. Natural rattan has a distinctive smell that makes buyers popular. It is said that the strong smell of natural rattan can repel insects that appear in the house. Rattan is lighter than wood and easy to shape.
As time went on and production needs increased, an imitation of rattan made from plastic material, namely synthetic rattan, emerged. The early appearance of synthetic rattan was functioned to keep natural rattan growing in the forest and not being felled. However, there are disadvantages caused by this synthetic rattan,
- Contains Poison
The poison in this artificial rattan is not permanent, this substance appears when this material is burned. Synthetic is plastic, where the manufacture of synthetic rattan comes from plastic. Through chemicals which, if exposed to fire, will produce steam and chemical substances that are not good for health.
- Strength Decreased
Compared to real rattan, the strength of synthetic rattan is lower in line with its light weight. Synthetic rattan products are not strong enough to support loads, so they are not suitable for table furniture. The craftsmen generally combine synthetic rattan with aluminum, iron, and wood materials. However, natural rattan still looks fresher when viewed with natural colors and looks luxurious.
Thus, we still need natural rattan and maintain our forests by properly maintaining natural rattan. Because we need healthy forests, healthy animals, from rattan for all of us.