Natural Sisal Rope

100% natural and biodegradable Sisal rope. Ideal for crafts, gardening, bundling as well as making and replacing cat scratching posts.  You can also personalise your sisal rope with the Sisal splicing tool


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Ordering the right length

Sisal will shrink when wet and lengthen once dry. When measuring the length you should allow for an additional 10% which should cover you.

Note: Because the diameter is measured whilst the rope is under tension during its manufacture, its diameter may be slightly larger than stated.

Diameter / Weight / Break load 

Diameter Weight per 220m (kg) Break load (kg)*
6mm 6 263
8mm 12 459
10mm 15 707
12mm 23 1,006
14mm 31 1,357
16mm 42 1,754
18mm 48 2,203
20mm 61 2,703
24mm 88 3,856
28mm 117 5,202
32mm 154 6,732
36mm 196 8,456

*Break load for indication purposes only. Not test certified. Break loads will also lower as a result of splicing and knotting.


Resistance Description
UV resistance Good
Abrasion resistance Poor 
Rot and mould No 
Chemical Acids: poor resistance. Alkalis: good. Moderate resistance to oil & gas


Properties Description
Construction Twisted 3-strand
Material 100% natural. Made from natural fibres from the Agave Sisalana plant (Sisal)
Quality certified ISO 9002
Appearance Very light, sandy, straw colour. Natural, traditional look
Feel Course, stiff and hairy. Less dense & slightly softer than Manila
Handling Pliable, flexible. May be rough on hands with continued handling. Treat to soften
Density 1.35
Strength (dry) Lower strength than Manila & other synthetic ropes. Suited to lighter or temporary loads or for decorative effect
Shock absorbency Poor
Elongation at break load Low
Stretch (elasticity) Low
Performance in water Absorbs water and will sink. Length will shrink and girth will expand
Melting/ charring point Chars at 165°C 
Electrical conductivity Very poor
Biodegradable Yes
Storage Dry only – DO NOT store in wet environment 
Knot retention Good
Can be spliced? Yes
Can be cut? Yes – will unravel at ends
Can be dyed? Yes with liquid dye
Treatment Has been treated with vegetable oil