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10 Green Intentions for 2018

10 Green Intentions for 2018

Did you know that only about 42% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions? Since the vast majority of resolutions aren’t kept for more than a couple of weeks anyway, that’s understandable. To avoid the high failure rate of old resolution standbys like eating better, losing weight and getting more exercise, most tend to play it safe by doing the same things in the same ways. We get that, but, what if your goals for the New Year could be achieved in a more meaningful, sustainable and organic way?

Rather than making hard-to-keep resolutions for 2018, try setting realistic, heart-driven intentions that evoke feeling and purpose in your life. Intentions aren’t something you attach an expectation or evaluation to. Instead, they represent an aim or a purpose you’re proud and passionate to commit to. Intentions create a foundation to build upon over time, and like a compass, keep you going in a forward moving direction.  

This year at bambu® we’re building on the intentions we set when we introduced our first products 15 years ago. To make eco-friendly choices each day by avoiding plastics, reducing, reusing and recycling. And, as a business, we intend to continue to create elegant, handmade, organic products that offer you a green alternative to plastic disposables.

Setting the intention to live a more sustainable lifestyle, however small the steps you take may seem, really matters. Unlike self-defeating resolutions that rarely last, you can feel good knowing that by embracing a greener lifestyle, you’ll be making a lasting and powerful difference in your wellbeing, and that of our beautiful planet Earth. Thank you for that.

To spark your imagination, we’ve put together an easy-to-keep list of green intentions for you. Choose just one of them, or the entire list, and take that first step. You’ve got this!

10 Green Intentions for 2018

1. Cut back on the use of disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like straws. Instead, choose reusable bamboo straws. Consider 100% certified organic bamboo straws.

2. 
Eat local foods that are in season. Support your neighborhood farmers market.

3. 
Take reusable cloth bags along when you shop. Just say no to plastic bags!

4. 
Focus on plant-based foods and reduce your consumption of meat. Join the “Meatless Monday” movement!

5. 
Keep your body and the environment free of toxins by choosing chemical free personal care and household cleaning products.

6. 
Opt for recyclable packaging (and less of it) in your buying decisions.

7. 
Make your gatherings earth-friendly. Whether it’s a wedding, holiday event, a picnic for two, or a kid’s birthday party, most gatherings produce a massive amount of paper and plastic waste. Consider using Compostable Veneerware instead!

8. 
Take shorter showers and use a water-saving shower head.

9. 
Bring a (BPA free) reusable water bottle and a mug to the office, to school and to the coffee shop.

10. 
Use cloth towels instead of paper. Reduce garbage and save trees.

Wishing you a healthy, happy and green New Year!

 

                                                                    Photo by Coley Christine on Unsplash
Some Good News About the Bee Crisis

Some Good News About the Bee Crisis

According to a recent UN report, more than 70 of the 100 crops that provide 90 percent of the world's food rely on bees for pollination. Managed honey bees remain the most economically important pollinator, contributing over $19 billion annually to the U.S. economy.

Bees are responsible for one in every three bites of food: from almonds to berries and the alfalfa that feeds dairy cows, our diets and agricultural economy hinge on a healthy bee population.

On the verge of collapse, habitat loss and pesticide exposure are the two biggest contributors to the population loss. 

Oregon State University Honey Bee Research Lab is making inroads to understanding and correcting the decline of the bee population.

bambu supports Honey Bee Research Labbambu supports the Honey Bee Lab and extension program. This year, the company offers scholarships to the Master Beekeeper Program. Students are selected in part by the submission of art depicting the importance of honey bees and pollinators. 

 

We are pleased to share a selection of the personal art created and contributed by the apprentices of the Master Beekeeper Program.

No Bee No Me

Vicky Nelson, native Oregonian and retired teacher

Master Beekeeper program art submissions

Geri Young, writer and illustrator of children's books

 

Honey Bee protection
Ron Lane photographs a honey bee on a raspberry flower, a favorite resting place 

 

Learn more about our collaboration with the Honey Bee Research Lab and our bee-themed products. [bambu and the Honey Bee Lab

 

YOU CAN HELP TOO

If you want to help protect pollinators, you can do your part too. Tell our government to support program ideas to end pesticide contamination of our agricultural crops.

The Pesticide Action Network works to inform and protect our pollinators. You can too. Join bambu and Urge Congress to Protect Our Pollinators. > ACT NOW

Let's bee a part of the change. 

 

Organic Garden Kit - On Sale Now

Organic Garden Kit - On Sale Now

We're putting our favorite Bambu garden tools on sale to celebrate the coming of Spring. Our 9-piece set is now on sale for just $27 through the end of March.

> GARDEN NOW

Made from nature our garden kit includes two essential tools for getting into and under the soil. Our Garden Kit makes an ideal gift for that first time gardner. 

All Natural Garden Tools. Now On Sale.Gardening is a creative pursuit that has universal appeal. And a wonderful activity to introduce to children to. A garden can be a source of beauty and pride with a myriad of colors, shapes and smells. A small patch of garden, or a few pots helps to slow down a busy life. The act of gardening is perhaps more important than the results. 

we make a few simple tools to tend a compact garden. Our trowel and fork are hand shaped and finished, and made from a single piece of organic bamboo. Made without metals, plastic or glue. Made from nature. 

What Should You Plant If You've Never Gardened Before?

Spring Gardening

Are you new at gardening? Wondering best and easiest way to get started? Caroline Lang over at Grist provides a perfect primer on first gardening.

Read this blog > What To Plant When You Haven't Gardened Before 

 

 

  

For the Love of Bees   

bambu supports Honey Bee Research Lab

Bees are essential to any healthy garden. You'll see our gratitude to the bees from the bee motif heat stamped onto the garden markers. We support healthy eco-systems by providing donations to the Honey Bee Research Lab

 

Often we may feel we are too busy to garden. That may very well be the best reason we should garden. 

Can you dig?

The Garden Kit from bambu. Just $27 for the nine-piece set. Get it here

 

 

3 Tips To Get Kiddies to Enjoy Gardening

Gardening with children can be fun and fulfilling. Spending time learning together and seeing the fruits of your labor, and getting a little dirt in your hands is all part of the enjoyment.

There are a few simple things that we can do to engage children in the gardening process.

  •     Plant things that are interesting and tasty
  •     Incorporate play into our gardens
  •     We can attract critters that kids love to watch

Here is a short list of veggies that are particularly interesting for garden adventuring kids. 

Sunflowers they can grow their own super blooms. Potatoes so much fun to dig...like a treasure hunt! Carrots and Radishes are quick growing, colorful and fun to harvest. Strawberries are easy to grow, spot and pick when ripe and ready. Sugar Snap Peas a fast growing sweet snack right from the vine.

To incorporate play in the garden is easy!

Plant your sunflowers in a circle or a square and let the kids play inside the 'sunflower house' that will grow. Make a teepee of bamboo or poles and let beans grow up it for an edible fort. Or use colored Hemp Twine to create sections in your garden. 

Use our Bamboo Garden Markers and write the names of the seedlings directly on the bamboo marker. Use a standard pencil. And if you make a mistake, you can easily sand it off, and try again. Grow edible flowers. Make a scarecrow. Use colored hemp twine to section

Kids love critters! Attract butterflies, and humming birds and other lovelies by planting a variety of flowers that they love. Teach kids to love bees

Mason bees are great for your garden. You can create a home for mason bees using Bamboo Straws from bambu. Rig up a home, and watch them build their own in the straws.

Have fun, dig in, and watch your kids take on their new adventure in the great outdoors. Have other ideas that you love? Share your comments here, or post on our bambu Facebook page