5 Eco-Friendly Bamboo Brands in the Philippines

Friday, October 19, 2018

5 Eco-Friendly Bamboo Brands in the Philippines

Did you know that in 2015, Philippines was ranked as the third biggest plastic polluter of the oceans? In order to solve the growing plastic problem in the country, more and more social entrepreneurs are now taking a look at alternative raw materials to replace plastic. One of these alternative biodegradable materials is bamboo.

Bamboo is an abundant resource in the Philippines and is known for its strength and flexibility, making it an ideal material for creating innovative products that are normally made from plastic. The following local brands are one of the earliest innovators in the country who make products out of bamboo. These companies also stand out because they practice fair trade in their business. Fair trade means that they practice ethical sourcing of raw materials and ethical treatment of their workers.

1. The Bamboo Company

The company name itself is already a testimonial that all of their products are made from bamboo. Their initiative to start the business began when they found out about an island in Mindanao where dolphins used to swim before the water became polluted with plastic. It is now their mission to reduce plastic wastes so that marine life can freely swim unharmed in clean waters.

Among their bamboo-made products are:

Panda Charcoal Bamboo Toothbrush (Php 149)

Most toothbrushes have handles that are made from either plastic or rubber materials. So if an average person replaces his toothbrush every 3 months, just imagine how much plastic waste is that!

Why not switch to an eco-friendly toothbrush with bamboo handle? You won’t feel guilty throwing them out since the bamboo handle is biodegradable. Its bristles are also infused with activated charcoal which is known for effectively removing surface stains on teeth.

LAKBAWAYAN™ Tumbler (Php 1,349)

It is a 400 ml BPA-free, vacuum insulated tumbler that is made from bamboo. It is a sturdy tumbler, perfect for your active lifestyle. It can keep your water cold for up to 36 hours and hot for up to 12 hours.

Moreover, for every LAKBAWAYAN™ tumbler you purchase, a portion of the sale will go to Balyena.Org – a non-profit organization that aims to conserve the whales and dolphins in the Philippines.

LAKBAWAYAN™ Bambootensils (Php 499)

If you’re bringing your packed lunch to work, then this bamboo cutlery set is its perfect companion. The set comes complete with spoon, fork, knife, chopsticks and straw. A tiny brush is also included so that you can easily clean and reuse the bamboo straw.

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2. Bayod Eyewear Philippines

If you want to be trendy but sustainable at the same time, then handcrafted bamboo-framed eyeglasses are a must-have fashion item. Bayod Eyewear boasts of high quality, eco-friendly and budget-friendly bamboo-framed eyeglasses that will not only protect your eyes but also the environment. A pair of eyeglasses also comes with a bamboo cylinder case and an eyewear bag.

Kawajan Series (Php 1,800)

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3. EcoSpeaker

Aside from plastic, another emerging threat to the environment is electronic waste (e-waste). E-waste refers to discarded electronic devices like mobile phones, computers, televisions, etc.

EcoSpeaker aims to reduce the e-waste problem by introducing a sustainable bamboo speaker that can amplify sound without using electricity. How cool is that! Their bamboo speakers are compatible with mobile phones.

EcoSpeaker Bamboo Docking Station (Php 699)

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4. Bambike

Who would have thought that the flexibility of bamboo will make it the perfect raw material to produce sustainable bicycles? Filipino-American environmentalist Bryan McClelland saw this opportunity, so he partnered with Gawad Kalinga (a non-profit local organization) to build Bambike (bamboo bike). These sturdy and stylish bamboo bikes enable Filipinos to travel the city in eco-friendly way.

The bamboo bikes come in various designs and price range to suit everyone’s budget and style.

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5. Funk Trunk

Funk Trunk is another brand that focuses on using bamboo and walnut woods in making eco-friendly products. Being a social entrepreneur, they also collaborate with Make A Difference Travel to plant a tree for every item purchased from their store.

They also provide free engraving service to personalize the product according to customer preferences.

Among their bamboo-made products are: 

CLASSIC Bamboo Watch (Php 3,739)

If your skin has allergic reaction to metal or leather materials, then wooden watches are perfect for you! This nature-friendly watch is made of bamboo face and wooden strap.

iPhone & Samsung Galaxy Note Phone Cases (Php 1,030)

Protect your mobile phones without harming Mother Nature with phone cases made with 100% responsibly sourced bamboo wood and biodegradable polycarbonate rubber brace.

Bamboo Towel (Php 326)

These towels are made out of 100% bamboo fibers which are softer and more absorbent than cotton. All you need is a gentle pat of this towel on your body and you’ll be dry faster. Since they’re not synthetic fabrics, bamboo towels are also sensitive-skin friendly.

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Are you ready to switch to using bamboo lifestyle products? J

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