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SOARÉ Place mat, water hyacinth

3,50€ / pieces
Price incl. VAT
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SOARÉ Place mat is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 7.
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Just as welcoming on casual summer evenings as in the winter. It’s handmade from water hyacinth – a plant that is harvested in tropical waterways to control its growth so it doesn’t clog the water flow.
37 cm

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Picking and delivery - from 45€
Picking and delivery - from 45€

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When visiting our stores, you have different options to get your furniture home. And, we don’t just stop at your front door, we deliver all the way to your room of choice.

Delivery service – from 25€
We can deliver at the day and hour you prefer. Book it at our furniture sales desk or transport desk in the Customer Service department.

Picking with delivery service - from 45€
This option is the combination between picking service and delivery service. All you have to do is place an order of your purchase with one of our co-workers and we’ll arrange the picking and delivery for you.

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365 days return policy
365 days return policy

It’s OK to change your mind. You have 365 days to return your purchase. Just bring the unused articles together with the original receipt. This policy is in addition to your statutory rights and IKEA commercial guarantees. Custom made PERSONLIG counter tops and products from the Recovery/Bargain corner are subject to specific terms. More information at your store. In case of articles in the original package, and/or fully or partial assembled, damaged, stained or without tag, the refund is analysed in store by a co-worker and if accepted the refund is made in a refund card.

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-Every product is handmade and therefore unique.
Product dimensions
Diameter: 37 cm

Sandra Kragnert
Product description
Water hyacinth, Clear lacquer
Renewable material (water hyacinth).
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Woven mats Im so glad I purchased and it goes well with my counters. IKEA, I need more. Please restock.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great as a large trivet. Spot washing is no problem.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Love these place mats for casual summer or thanksgiving fall place settings. May not be as thick as what you find at Pottery Barn ( I prefer a thinner place mat), but less then half the price! Great product!
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Place mats Perfect for a country setting... I also use them for my coffee machine makes it easy for sliding the machine for filling ...
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really nice! I purchased for a lazy Susan fits perfect! Really like the natural colour in my dark gray kitchen with light wood cabinetry
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I had purchased these a year ago and came back to get some more. Love them!
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like the look of this product and it is exactly what I was looking for.
Date published: 2017-02-15
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SOARÉ Place mat IKEA Every product is handmade and therefore unique.

Energy and Resources

Set the table with a little help from nature
SOARÉ place mats are made from dried water hyacinth, a beautiful but fast-growing plant that can clog waterways. By using water hyacinth to make products we help to naturally control their growth.

People and Communities

Empowering people and communities
SOARÉ placemat is popular with our customers and loved by the people who make it too, because of the impact it has on their lives. It’s woven from water hyacinth that grows in the Mekong River in Vietnam. Harvesting, drying and weaving the plant are important to the people living along the river’s bank. It keeps the waterway passable, it preserves handicraft tradition and it earns the weavers extra money that can pay for new opportunities, like schooling.

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Making business decisions that empower women

The SOARÉ placemat is a popular product—which is the reason it nearly disappeared from store shelves forever. Sales had reached two million pieces a year, a number approaching the impossible when it comes to delivering quality, handmade, natural fibre products. The team responsible for SOARÉ was preparing to replace it with a machine-made alternative. But before they did, they took a trip that changed everything.

“We didn’t make a final decision on what to do until we went to Vietnam and reviewed the whole production process,” says Lillemor Franzén, a member of the SOARÉ team. “And we’re so glad we did, because we saw how SOARÉ is having a positive impact on the people making it. After that, we couldn’t discontinue it. We found another way.” SOARÉ begins its life in the Mekong River. The waterway is teeming with water hyacinth, the vibrantly green plant SOARÉ is made from. But the river is an important transport and trade route too, and water hyacinth grows incredibly fast, doubling its population if left unchecked for just two weeks. That makes it a valuable renewable resource, but also a potential hazard that can clog the river.

People living near the riverbank harvest and dry the water hyacinth and then weave the stalks together. Many women undertake the task in order to keep the river passable, to preserve the tradition of their handicraft and to earn extra money for their families. Lillemor and her colleagues found themselves sitting in the homes of these weavers, listening to stories about their lives and how SOARÉ has made a positive impact.

Empowering women

Nearly all of the weavers making SOARÉ are women and they often use the income from their weaving to better their families and give their children new opportunities. “One woman told us that thanks to SOARÉ her daughter is now training to become a teacher,” says Lillemor. “So, this is really good extra income.” The weavers have the freedom to decide how much and how often they work. Usually, two or three gather in one of their homes to work together. They chat, laugh, keep an eye on the farms and look after their children who are too young for school. The older children are in school nearby and come home for lunch, which their mothers prepare and enjoy with them. “I feel so proud working at IKEA when I see this,” says Lillemor, thinking back to the time she spent talking with the weavers. “It gets to your heart, really. And you feel, oh! We are doing good.”

Making better business decisions

“Before we went to Vietnam I didn’t have an emotional attachment to the product. I just saw cost and business,” says Daniel Bergman, a number cruncher on the SOARÉ team. Together, they were searching for the most efficient way to produce large quantities of a natural fibre placemat – many more than is possible to produce by hand, like SOARÉ – all to meet customer demands. “But when we came to understood how important this product is for the river, for the villages, and for the families, we all felt we have to find a way to keep SOARÉ as part of the solution.” The team decided the solution to meeting growing customer demands for natural fibre placemats is to introduce more of them, but machine-made. That gives the customer a wider selection to choose from and it takes the sales pressure off SOARÉ. The machine-made placemats can be produced in higher quantities than handmade placemats, and SOARÉ production can continue as it is.

“We always have the intention here to do good business, and we are,” says Lillemor. “And on my trip to Vietnam I found that SOARÉ has a purpose greater than business.”

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