Rattan is one of the most sustainable materials available for furniture manufacturing. For more than 70 years rattan has been a fundamental part of our production, and from the early beginning sustainability has been a part of Sika-Design’s DNA.

According to the Indonesian people, rattan is hugging the rainforest. This is meant both literally as rattan grows like lianas around the trees but also figuratively speaking, because the use of rattan helps preserving the rainforest as there is no rattan production without the trees.

What is Rattan?

Rattan is a climbing plant that grows like lianas on trees and is considered one of the most sustainable materials available for furniture manufacturing as it regenerates in the span of 5 to 7 years. Furthermore it generates clean air by absorbing CO2 and produces up to 35 % more oxygen than a tree. 

Rattan is solid in opposition to hollow bamboo, which makes it very durable and almost impossible to wear out. It comes in 600 different variants and from these only a few can be used in the production of furniture. At Sika-Design we only use the two best qualities called Tohiti and Manau. 

Rattan is harvested by hand - the most eco-friendly way. When steamed for 10-15 minutes, rattan can be formed by hand using old traditional manufacturing techniques and a few simple tools.

Our environmental responsibility

All Sika-Design furniture is made with care for the environment and the well-being of people. Our furniture is handcrafted in Indonesia where wickerwork is a tradition-bound craftsmanship passed down from generation to generation.

We make an effort with every step, so that our furniture – both during the production, transportation and in your home – affects the environment as little as possible. To minimize the need for transportation, our manufacturing facilities are located near the Indonesian rainforest where 80% of the world’s rattan resources grow.

Our products are shipped directly from our factories to large exporting markets such as Australia, South Africa, South America, and USA. By shipping directly, we are able to reduce time in transit as well as our carbon footprint. We constantly optimize our processes in a sustainable direction through a general focus on responsible usage and production.

Sika-Design is certified by ISO 14001:2015 and SMETA by DNV-GL. This is your guarantee that we are committed to protect people and the environment.

Our social responsibility

At Sika-Design we value original craftsmanship that combines proud weaving traditions with a sustainable and modern production, where social responsibility is valued high.

Our production is committed to a healthy environmental policy and an ongoing focus on improving the working conditions. We have always been dedicated to these ideals and for more than 10 years we have been working systematically with them. 

Read more about our certifications and commitments below. 

We are a part of the UN Global Compact. This is a voluntary commitment to implement universal sustainability initiatives based on 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption.

Sika-Design is certified ISO 14001:2015 by DNV-GL. This international standard sets a framework for us to continuously protect the environment and respond to changing environmental conditions in balance with socio-economic needs.

Sika-Design is audited by DNV-GL: SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit). This is the world’s most commonly used ethical audit format and helps us on a continuous basis to ensure labor standards, health and safety for the employees in our supply chain.

As a manufacturer of furniture, we believe that our greatest impact comes from addressing UN Sustainable Development goals no. 8 and 12. By working systematically with ensuring a responsible consumption and production we work towards a better future.