Today is Earth Day, a day meant to encourage us all to think greener. I’d like to highlight a couple of Bambootique’s “greenest” products, in every sense of the world. These products are two of our most eco-friendly but they also happen to really, actually be green. Of course they are also fair-trade so they have a positive impact on people as much as on the planet.
Bamboo is an eco-friendly material because it is widely available throughout much of the world and, since it grows so quickly, it is highly renewable. Our bamboo bags are handmade by villagers in northern Thailand from bamboo they grow themselves. The bags are sturdy yet lightweight and easy to carry, and oh so cute. They come in a number of colors but this little green clutch is my favorite.
All our candles are handmade in central Guatemala by Mayan people who use similar candles in their traditional ceremonies. The candles are made from a vegetable wax derived from the arrayan tree, one of the most common trees in the Guatemalan jungle. The wax comes from the trees’ seeds and, because of their candle-making income, the artisans who make these candles are preserving their jungle, unlike many of their neighbors who cut it down for farmland. The candles are unscented, use vegetable dyes and have cotton wicks so in every way they are as green as they can get.