Lightweight rattan pack basket with leather handle and cotton shoulder straps. Keeps fruits, vegetables, and sandwiches from being crushed. Handwoven in the United States. Ships free. (
Solid with the rich texture of wood, the pack basket is also surprisingly lightweight. Adjustable wide cotton straps lets you carry the basket comfortably on your back, leaving your hands free to ride a bike or eat an ice cream cone.
The hard sides keep juicy tomatoes from getting smashed or picnic sandwiches from flattening. Great to take to the farmer's market, foraging, on a canoe trip or any other wholesome activity where free hands and toting capacity is needed.
Rattan is lighter per square inch than even a good canvas. The bottom of the basket is reinforced and fitted with an ash wood runner so it stands up squarely. A leather handle is fitted along the top.
Rattan can be wet during a river trip or at the beach without undermining the basket's rigidity or causing long-term damage. Remember, though, that it's made of dried plant, so constant moisture and humidity will eventually cause the fibers to mildew. Store the basket in a dry place and let it dry completely if it does get wet.
Clean off surface dirt with a damp towel. For dirt that's really worked its way into the weaving, use a stiff brush to scrub it off.
Rattan has the potential to be grown and harvested sustainably. As a climbing palm, rattan winds it's way into the existing structure of a forest without harming the balance. A rattan plant growing around a tropical tree can yield more material and fetch a better price than the timber it is wrapped around, saving forest growth, and most rattan species can be harvested without killing off the whole plant. it even grows in degraded and marginal soil, opening up options for the communities that rely on the billion-dollar global trade in rattan for their bread and butter.
However, the sustainability in growth and harvesting of rattan is uneven at best. The World Wildlife Fund is working on increasing the number of harvesters who gather rattan in a way that maintains economic livelihoods while minimizing long-term environmental damage. So far, only a small percentage of harvesters have signed on to the agreement.
The rattan peel used in the harvest basket is sourced from Malaysia and the ash wood comes from the U.S.
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