SOARÉ Place mat, water hyacinth,

$4

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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.

Article Number001.764.62

Product details

Every product is handmade and therefore unique.

Designer

Sandra Kragnert

Article Number001.764.62
  • Water hyacinth, Clear lacquer

    Do not wash.

    Do not bleach.

    Do not tumble dry.

    Do not iron.

    Do not dryclean.

    Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

  • By using a renewable material like water hyacinth in this product, we avoid using fossil or finite materials.

Measurements

Diameter: 37 cm

  • SOARÉArticle Number001.764.62

    Height: 1 cm

    Weight: 0.20 kg

    Diameter: 37 cm

    Package(s): 1

Reviews

4.8(56)
Great valueRitaGreat value5
Light and practicalVenecheWe have an oval dining table and were after round "natural looking" placemats with no luck. Then came upon these while buying other items and have been very happy with them!5
This product is good valueCatherineThis product is good value for money5
Table matsDonnaGreat5
I used it under mySohiniI used it under my potted plants so that additional water is seaped in by the mat. Happy with the results so far.5
PlacematsJaneLove the colour, they are a good size.5
A good placematJenniLooks nice on my coffee table with a pot plant on top5
Great sturdy mats for keepingrosemarieGreat sturdy mats for keeping things from marking the table because of the heat.5
I’m happy as it valueTeresaI’m happy as it value for money5
Adaptable to contextRachelBought two: one for the kitchen and other under a large terracotta pot growing mint in our new DOCKSTA table.5
Great price for a goodanneGreat price for a good product.5
Better then expectedStefaniWas worried they would look cheap and be flimsy but quite happy with the purchase. Can't go wrong with the price.5
Just what I wantedJaniceWell made , thick, and will do the job I wanted them to do5
These work greatLeanneThese work great5
SoaretibI don’t like the colour but it does the job3
PlacematesHeather E.Love these mats goes well with my decor5
Looks great on my diningSusannaLooks great on my dining table5
Just what I was afterritaPlacemats are sturdy and value for money5
PlacematsKerithThey are fit for purpose.3
Poor qualityCatherineIt doesn't look like the photo at all It's like someone already used for 10 years Looks so dirty1

SustainabilityPeople and planet

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.

SOARÉ Place mat, water hyacinth, 37 cm

Making business decisions that empower women

The SOARÉ placemat is so popular it nearly disappeared. Why? Sales were 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.

The Vietnamese waterway Mekong is teeming with water hyacinth, the vibrantly green plant SOARÉ is made from. It grows incredibly fast, making it a valuable renewable resource, but also a potential hazard that can clog the river. People living by the river, mainly women, harvest water hyacinth and weave the stalks together. This keeps the river passable, preserves the tradition and earns them extra money.

Empowering women

Lillemor Franzén and her colleagues found themselves sitting in the homes of these weavers, listening to stories about how SOARÉ has made a positive impact. “One woman told us that thanks to SOARÉ her daughter is now training to become a teacher,” she says. Usually, two or three weavers gather in one of their homes to work together. They chat, laugh, keep an eye on the farms and look after the children who are too young for school. “I feel so proud working at IKEA when I see this,” says Lillemor, “It gets to your heart, really.”

Making better business decisions

The team decided the solution to meeting growing customer demands for natural fibre placemats is to introduce more of them, but machine-made. Customers get a wider selection to choose from and sales pressure is taken off SOARÉ. Machine-made placemats can be produced in higher quantities than handmade, 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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Material

What is water hyacinth?

Water hyacinth is a free-floating plant that spreads quickly in tropical waterways. When covering the surface completely, it blocks out sunlight which disrupts biodiversity. Also, local communities suffer as transportation routes are clogged. When harvested, biodiversity is restored and waterways are kept open. The plant itself becomes a resource too. The stalks make a flexible material that can be woven or braided into unique baskets, mats and other home furnishings.