SOARÉ Place mat, water hyacinth,

$7.00

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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 Number400.825.36

Product details

Every product is handmade and therefore unique.

Designer

Sandra Kragnert

Article Number400.825.36
  • Material
    Water hyacinth, Clear lacquer
    Care

    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: 15 "

  • SOARÉArticle Number400.825.36

    Height: ½ "

    Weight: 8 oz

    Diameter: 14 ½ "

    Package(s): 1

Reviews

4.8(29)
Look beautiful in my diningMonicaLook beautiful in my dining table5
Super nice for the $$BeckySuper nice for the $$5
StylishPATTIPerfect size and amazing price. Great quality.5
Fantastic for the priceThiagoAmazing quality for the price and a very versatile piece!5
ExtraordinaryWilmaI imagined this Soare placemat would be only standard. I was very very pleased to find that it would rival any $25 placemat found at exclusive department stores. It is thick, well-crafted and beautiful. I love it.5
Soaré placematsDeliciaLove, love, love them. I’ve received so many compliments.5
Love itGenaI ordered online for home delivery. The one I received is darker than expected but still cute and works the same4
Not as good a quality:BobbieI ordered some of these three years ago and I was very pleased. I decided to order 4 more but they were not uniform in size and they were quite a bit darker than the original ones.2
Amazing SizeShanekaLove the size and the feel of the product is amazing. A few of them seem to have some mildew spots on them. I plan on ordering more and I am hoping they arrive in better condition.5
Perfect Placemat!LaurenReally brings my dining table together. Very casual placemat. Sturdy and good quality.5
BeautifulWendyI used under a plant on the dinning room table.5
Beauty at a great priceEvilene80These are beautiful. And the perfect accent to the dark table. Can be used tear round5
Love this on the counterStephanieI use this as a feature on my counter. It holds my mid size Anthropologie candle, a potted plant from IKEA, and a ceramic rooster. It’s a great size and makes for easy cleaning, I can just move it around.5
StephLarThese place mats are so beautiful.5
Great buyIrishmomto2I bought three of these to place under the black lanterns we have on a white sideboard. They protect the surface and took it from ok to stylish.5
Good valueRwelshVery nice placemats! Good value as well.5
Excellent QualityBklynJoyThis place mat/charger is just as good as the expensive ones you see at Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn, Pier 1, etc. I do find that overall Ikea is getting a bit more pricey and on occasion it makes more sense to spend a little more at those other places but on these, I was happy with them.4
PRSstagingGreat way to create a relaxed, natural vibe! Easy to layer in with simple white dishes!5
Great for other usesBunMamaI don’t use these as placemats but as chew toys for my rabbits. These are great, natural fibers to keep the buns busy without chewing on things they shouldn’t!5
Mother’s Day GiftPattyannI got these placemats for my daughter for Mother’s Day this year and she loves them.. she uses them inside and outside.. they look good for any event..5

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, 15 "

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 fiber 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.