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April 05, 2017

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It’s Earth Day Every Day at The Basket Lady!

 

Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22nd. During this time, there are some people who ask, 'What can I do?' or 'Can I really make a difference?’ in our environment.

The simple answer is yes! “Greening” your life can happen with some simple steps. First, is awareness. Being a conscious consumer means taking into account the impacts that our purchases and actions have on our own families, other people, and the environment.

I personally try to purchase higher quality products so they last longer. If I do get rid of something, I try to donate or sell it, so it can have a second life somewhere else. I am also proud to say that The Basket Lady celebrates Earth Day everyday, because our wicker basket products are made from eco-friendly materials.

Our wicker is environmentally sustainable, grown in abundance, made with all natural materials, and handcrafted by highly skilled artisans in Indonesia. Another benefit? Buying our products directly contributes to the community in which it’s grown. A win-win!

Below are some eco-friendly facts about our wicker baskets, and perhaps this information will help inspire you to live a more conscious life, starting now.

Supporting Local Villagers in Indonesia

At The Basket Lady, our manufacturers work directly with artisans who live in the villages of Indonesia. We supply the artisans with the materials and they weave each basket by hand, and also do finishing work individually, on each and every basket. Our baskets employ people in the villages, who have perfected the basket weaving handicraft over generations. This job keeps them from working on oil palm plantations or going into the cities for other employment options.

The Sustainability of Wicker

Our wicker is made of rattan, a vine-like palm native to the tropical regions of Africa, Asia, Indonesia and Australia.  Rattan, unlike bamboo, is solid all the way through the reed and also has the ability to grow up to hundreds of meters long.  In forests where rattan grows, its economic value can help protect forestland by providing an alternative to loggers who forgo timber logging and harvest rattan canes instead. Rattan is also much easier to harvest, requires simpler tools and is much more efficient to transport. It also grows much faster than most tropical woods like teak or mahogany.

There are two types of rattan we work with at The Basket Lady:

  • Core Rattan – this is a wild rattan where the “skin” or outer layer is taken off, allowing the rattan to be dyed. At The Basket Lady, all of our core rattan products such as Pole Handle Wicker Storage Basket and Wicker Storage Trunks are finished using water-based dye and finally water-based polyurethane for protection.

  • Kubu Rattan (or Kooboo) – this is a thicker species of rattan where the “skin,” or outer layer is left on. This material is then buried in mud for several weeks, giving a gray coloring to the rattan, which is growing in popularity in the U.S. Then, a clear, water-based polyurethane is applied over the rattan to preserve it. Examples of products using kubu rattan are the Deep Kubu Wicker Storage Trunk or the Kubu Wicker French Laundry Basket.

    Other Eco-Friendly Benefits

    In addition to the actual wicker used in our baskets, we try to take eco-friendly steps across our whole production process. Our Wicker Trash Baskets, for example, are made with metal liners instead of plastic. These tin liners are made from recyclable materials rather than petroleum-based plastic that hurts our landfills. And finally, our baskets are made with the highest quality rattan so they last longer, helping to save on waste.

    To shop for sustainable products that will help you and your family live a more conscious life, visit BasketLady.com. And, Happy Earth Day!

    March 01, 2017

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    Ring in Spring With Carol and Kelli's Easy-to-Follow Spring Checklist

    Spring Cleaning Tips from The Basket LadyMy mom, Carol and I agree that there’s no better way to welcome spring than with a fresh, clean and organized home! And whether you look forward to spring cleaning, or find it a bit overwhelming, you’ll want to use our Spring Cleaning Checklist to make it a breeze.

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    February 09, 2017

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    How to Love Your Mudroom: Before and After

    No matter the season, keeping your mudroom in order can be a daunting task. It’s the room where family members come and go (in a hurry, nonetheless) every single day. As you can see in this mudroom “before” photo, coats, shoes, bags, sports equipment and more are all over the place. Look familiar? 
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    January 17, 2017

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    Get organized NOW!

    With the busy holiday season behind us, it is time to look ahead to 2017. If you are anything like me, I like to get organized in January! Here are some real-life inspirations to keep your pantry, laundry room, mudroom and bedrooms organized this year.

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    December 15, 2016

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    Top 8 Holiday Gift Basket Ideas

    Top 8 Holiday Gift Basket Ideas

    The Basket Lady LOVES an assemblage of related little treasures that, when combined, aren’t only a present – they’re an experience! Creating your own gift baskets this holiday season? Choose a style that complements the gift, and a size that accommodates all of the fillers.

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    December 05, 2016

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    Wicker Baskets That Make Unique Holiday Gifts

    The Basket Lady’s holiday gift guide features perfect presents for those who are always nice, but maybe a little hard to buy for. What do you get for the man who has everything? How about a large Wicker Organizer Basket awesome for holding an array of remotes in his man cave or setting up a tidy charging station (no more lost cords).

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    November 28, 2016

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    The Basket Lady supports Jackson Chance Foundation on behalf of NICU families

    At Thanksgiving, we all love to express our gratitude in words. And what more beautiful season to speak them? But with the shopping frenzy that takes over just as soon as we’ve finished the pie (if not before), it’s often difficult to find time for deep reflection, let alone inspired action.

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    November 04, 2016

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    7 Reasons Our Baskets Are The Best On The Market

    7 REASONS OUR BASKETS ARE THE BEST ON THE MARKET

    Ever wondered what makes The Basket Lady’s handwoven rattan baskets so superior? From craftsmanship to quality, you won’t find better baskets anywhere on the market.

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    October 25, 2016

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    Switch Out Your Seasonal Wardrobe Quickly With Our Easy Step-By-Step System

    Feeling the chill whenever you step outside? It might be time to switch your wardrobe! Here are our top tips for making this seasonal task a cinch.

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    October 06, 2016

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    Make These 9 Beautiful Baskets to Spice Up Your Fall Decor

    With all the exciting autumn changes happening outdoors, it’s easy to feel "in the mood" for changing up your home decor. But what if you have limited time to add that perfect seasonal touch? Not to fear. Start with a basic basket, and you can create almost any fall decor or centerpiece you want.

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