a billion acts of green…

Yes, we said “billion”…

It wasn’t that long ago that the Earth Day tag was a million acts of green; now it’s a billion, and they’re shooting for two billion. Why the increasing numbers?

Because people care. Because people know that even the smallest actions can lead to big impact.

What will be your act of green this year?

For us at bambeco, Earth Day is extra special. Not only is it a celebration of our planet, and a call to focus on making positive changes for the world of tomorrow, it’s also our anniversary – it’s when bambeco was founded.

As Earth Day approaches, we like to focus on the future, and celebrate the essential dependencies between people and place.

This Earth Day, make an impact… leave an imprint… No matter how small it may seem today.

 

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how to plant and care for a terrarium

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Bringing a bit of the outdoors in is always a good thing. Plants not only look great, but they also actively help clean the air we breathe. Keeping something green, lush, and growing doesn’t require a green thumb, however. A terrarium is a self-contained mini ecosystem that requires minimal care and upkeep and looks amazing. They can be as simple, or as complex, as you want to make them. At their most basic, they’re layers of soil and gravel topped with moss. Stop there, or add other plants and decorative items. You are limited only by your imagination. Continue reading

the truth about teak…
lasting sustainable style

Teak is a classic when it comes to outdoor furniture, and for good reason. It’s incredibly durable, long-lasting, naturally water- and bug-resistant and ages exceptionally well. It’s an investment that will look good for years to come. While teak outdoor furniture does come with a high price tag, its longevity makes the investment worth it. But there are still things you should know before you invest in teak outdoor furniture.

  • Teak weathers
    Most teak comes unfinished, or “natural”, which will weather over time to a silvery gray color. You can find sealed teak, or seal it yourself if you prefer to preserve the warmer color of fresh teak. Be aware, you will have to reseal on a regular basis to maintain the finish. If you like the weathered look, just leave it be, your teak furniture will start graying before the first season is over.
  • Care and cleaning
    Even in its natural state, teak requires care. Some suggest oiling, which can preserve the color, and prevent the wood from over-drying in the elements. Oiling can lead to mold or mildew, especially if your teak furniture is in an enclosed or moist area. If your teak furniture is in shade, or an enclosed area, it will fade more slowly.
    There are also teak treatments that offer the same results as oiling, without the risk of mold or mildew. In full sun, oiling or treating the teak once or twice a year will help preserve its color and prolong its life.
    Cleaning teak is easy. Just brush off any debris and use a mild soap in lots of water with a bristle brush to scrub the teak. Rinse it well and let it dry in the sun.
  • Sustainability
    At one time, the demand for teak was a major cause of deforestation in natural teak forests. Old-school plantation teak didn’t have the same color or quality as old-growth, “natural” teak. Today, it’s easy to find FSC-certified plantation teak that rivals old-growth teak. Sustainable plantations practicing slow-growth methods produce stunning woods that are also kind to the environment and respect indigenous peoples.

Armed with proper information, it’s easy to decide if sustainable teak outdoor furniture is right for you. Of course, you could also look at outdoor furniture made from recycled milk jugs.

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why organic sheets…
are they worth it?

Ask most people why they buy organic produce and they might tell you it tastes better, or that it’s healthier for their families, or maybe that it’s better for the planet. The higher prices that organic produce can command is worth it. Ask them if they buy organic bedding, and most will say no, they’re too expensive.

When it comes to bedding, thread count isn’t the only predictor of quality. High thread count does mean a smoother feel, and usually a better quality sheet. But what really matters is what goes into that thread to begin with—high-quality fibers make better bedding, even if the thread count isn’t as high. That alone is one reason to make the switch to organic bedding—you’re starting with higher quality fiber.

Cotton may conjure up images of green fields and white puffy clouds that look like pure cotton balls, but the truth is, traditionally-grown cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops there is. Conventional cotton farming is bad for the soil, the air, ground water, and beneficial bugs and birds.

Organic cotton had been grown, harvested, processed, and manufactured without the harmful chemicals, resulting in a lower carbon footprint, and significantly less negative impact. Growing organic does take more time, and for now, costs more. But the results are worth it—the process hasn’t damaged the earth, and you’re sleeping in bedding that is free of harmful chemicals.

As more consumers make the switch to organic textiles, the demand will increase. Eventually, the price will go down as organic becomes the standard instead of the exception.

Want to make the switch? Do it in steps. The next time you need to purchase bedding or towels, choose an organic option instead. Keep doing that each time you need to buy a new towel, or sheet set. It’s easy, and it feels good. Start with just one set of organic cotton sheets, and see how good they can look and feel; you’ll be convinced.

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got water?…
get ready for World Water Day!

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World Water Day is coming up, so we thought it was time to look at simple ways to save water, without giving up great style! Saving water helps preserve a vital natural resource, conserves energy, and helps protect our waterways as well. And it doesn’t require an all-or-nothing approach;little things can have big impact. Small, every day choices can change the world for the better.  Continue reading