About Us

BambooLao is a group of people with different backgrounds and education who share a common environmental awareness. We are not a project, we are a challenge and we want to challenge you. 50% of the world’s plastic goes into single use items – bags, bottles, cups and straws. That plastic straw...

My Story

By BambooLao initiator and founder Arounothay Khoungkhakoune. After working as a German speaking tour leader for many years in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, I have realized how much plastic waste is being produced and thrown away in these underdeveloped countries. Growing up in Germany, I was well educated in waste...

Mission

  1. To promote a global community and culture dedicated to living a sustainable life in tune with each other and the natural world. This project aims for sustainability in both physical and social environments, within the natural and spiritual, intellectual and emotional realms. We are very passionate about sharing our...

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2 weeks ago

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Tor Panlerd B (14) : " Education is another way of pursuing conservation in our environment."

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Live from TDEX 2018... Plastic Free NIST - Perishing Plastics
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2 weeks ago

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Our boys and students from Plastic Free NIST School grow in their challenge as environmental ambassadors and growing teenager years as fast as BambooLao with the fastest growing plants in the world the bamboo.#PlasticFreeNIST #TDEX2018 #BamboooLaoOur last talk of the day is from these boys from NIST and they are determined to help the planet one bamboo straw at a time. Join us live from the Thailand Dive Expo 2018 at 18:30-19:15 and listen in. “Plastic Free NIST - Perishing Plastics” by Kenshin, Shivam and team. ... See MoreSee Less

Our boys and students from Plastic Free NIST School grow in their challenge as environmental ambassadors and growing teenager years as fast as BambooLao with the fastest growing plants in the world the bamboo.#PlasticFreeNIST #TDEX2018  #BamboooLao

2 weeks ago

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We are so proud of our Plastic Free NIST students and supporters at NIST International School in Bangkok for participating at this year's TDEX 2018 in the Conservation Zone. Don't miss it!!

This Saturday will be about Plastic Free NIST mission and vision and about the plastic problem in general. On Sunday the session will be about collaboration with BambooLao and moving towards plastic free Bangkok/Thailand. Doesn't this tear you up!?;) Bruno Dunda, Kenshin Ueoka, Shivam and Tor Panlerd B, you students make us so happy and proud in raising great awareness for our great environment. You are our future world leaders and we love you and your efforts. youtu.be/3eNOB_OtrcU
#PlasticFreeNISTInternationalSchool #BambooLao #FriendsAndSupporters #SaveSealife #SayNoToPlastic #Conservation #TDEX2018
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4 weeks ago

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New Year celebration in our village with family, friends and partners. BambooLao donated a big pig and Veomani Bouthsarath Sayaka pertoft Yorad Laos big bags of beautiful clothes and shoes for the village kids. Big thank you, everyone for your big hearts and big support! Big Love. #TheBambooLaoVillage #KhmuNewYearBaciCelebration #LaoLao #GreatDonation #BigPigDiedPeacefully #YummyInOurTummies ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

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Thank you Khankham Douanglavan for a great first May and Labor Day brunch at your restaurant. We enjoyed your cozy place and delicious food very much. You and your lovely family have been very great host and we are happy to welcome you to the BambooLao family fighting together against plastic straws and a better world to live in. #PhaKaoLaoRestaurant #BambooLaoStraws #SayNoToPlastic #VisitLaosYear2018 #ResponsibleConsumption #SustainableProduction ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

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Thank you, sis Kim for supporting BambooLao and selling our gift bags so well to tourist who want to travel clean and sustainable. And you have so many beautiful handmade products in your shops. #LaoEssentialShoppe #BambooLao #HandleWithCare #HandmadeLaos ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you, sis Kim for supporting BambooLao and selling our gift bags so well to tourist who want to travel clean and sustainable. And you have so many beautiful handmade products in your shops. #LaoEssentialShoppe #BambooLao #HandleWithCare #HandmadeLaos

4 weeks ago

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This Earth Week, @PlasticFreeNIST sold over 300 bamboo straws to the NIST community! Reusing your bamboo straw just 10 times will save 3000 plastic straws from ending up in our oceans! #bambooisbetter #plastickills @NISTSchool #NISTis #BambooLao ... See MoreSee Less

This Earth Week, @PlasticFreeNIST sold over 300 bamboo straws to the NIST community! Reusing your bamboo straw just 10 times will save 3000 plastic straws from ending up in our oceans! #bambooisbetter #plastickills @NISTSchool #NISTis #BambooLaoImage attachmentImage attachment

4 weeks ago

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Another great news to be spread to the world. Jo from EXO Travel Malaysia came to Laos, saw our bamboo straws and just bought hundreds directly from the village and producers to give and welcome to their clients and guests in Malaysia/Borneo for a clean and more sustainable travel. And spreading the bamboo love.😉 Thank you so much for your support! www.exotravel.com/tours/malaysia/the-classic-malaysia/

#EXOTravelMalaysia #BambooLao #SustainableTouring #BeTheChange #JustDoIt #SaveThePlanet #TheLastStrawResolution #VisitLaosYear2018
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Another great news to be spread to the world. Jo from EXO Travel Malaysia    came to Laos, saw our bamboo straws and just bought hundreds directly from the village and producers to give and welcome to their clients and guests in Malaysia/Borneo for a clean and more sustainable travel. And spreading the bamboo love.😉 Thank you so much for your support! https://www.exotravel.com/tours/malaysia/the-classic-malaysia/

#EXOTravelMalaysia #BambooLao #SustainableTouring #BeTheChange #JustDoIt #SaveThePlanet #TheLastStrawResolution #VisitLaosYear2018Image attachmentImage attachment

1 month ago

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Meeting old friends and making new friendships. Short but sweet. The melting pot and capital of Laos, Vientiane. Where new meets old and old needs new. I met Mone and Siou at their new opened restaurant ' O Delices Plus' and talked about food while eating a lot of food and drinking the best passion fruit smoothie in the world with the best bamboo straw in the world!;) Thank you for your support! #BambooLao #ODelicesPlus #NewBambooStrawDealers #YummyInMyTummy #Vientiane ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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The BambooLao team is sending out Lao New Year greetings and blessings to our family, friends and supporters around world from the Heritage House and city of ancient civilizations, the world’s most popular tourist destinations and the Green City of Asia! #SokdeePiiMai #HappyLaoNewYear2561 #VisitLaosYear2018 #BambooLaoTeam ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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And here is a great video of the Lao New Year 2018 procession in Luang Prabang. You can spot us with the tourist department wagon from 1:40min.😉 #VisitLaosYear2018 #ILoveLuangPrabang #ILoveLaos #TourismLuangPrabangTimeless

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ແຫ່ວໍ່ ພ.ສ 2561
The procession of Lao New Year 2018

youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww_3tt8uNa4&feature=youtu.be

#luangprabang #laonewyear #pimai #ປີໃຫມ່ #ແຫ່ວໍ່ #laos #visitlaoyear #ນະຄອນຫຼວງພະບາງ
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1 month ago

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BambooLao team wish all our friends and families, supporters and partners from near and far a Happy Buddhist Lao New Year 2562! Celebrate this special year with us at the Heritage House where it's like your traveling in the past and future the same time. We make Bloody with fresh tomatoes from the permaculture farm of the Namkhan project and Gin Tonic in bamboo cups with bamboo straws for take away.😉 It's like a quite oasis in the heart of the world heritage city. Enjoy traditional food and music and also try big sis Nuan's traditional clothes on, play little model and meet big supermodel as well with the whole family for a photo and a time to remember. Thank you big sis Keo for inviting us to your New Year market festival from 12.-14.04. at the Heritage House. Come see us when you are around! #HappyNewYear2018 #BambooLao #HeritageHouse #VisitLaosYear2018 ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

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I'm interesting the bamboo straw and need to know the contact person

Vilay from Luang prabang
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2 months ago

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That's a great!!Now proudly using BambooLao straws! This project is run by an up and coming entrepreneur from NIST International School who is acting as a distributor to support the village in Laos. If you would like to also support this great cause, please comment and he will get in touch! #plasticfree #bamboostraw #entrepreneur ... See MoreSee Less

Thats a great!!

2 months ago

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Today Cormac and Bong went the Luang Prabang's Folk Song Competition market at the Department of Information, Culture, and tourism in front of Pasathipatai High school in Ban Thongchalern to promote and sell our bamboo straws.Thank you Mike for the great photos and your support! Looks like you guys had a good day. Well done and see you all soon der! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

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One year achievement: Exactly one year ago at the ITB Berlin 2017, I was encouraged and pushed by my colleagues Marco and Dirk to go on stage for sustainable and responsible tourism to pitch and talk about my vision of baning and replacing plastic straws with the bamboo straws from our village in Luang Prabang and along the Mekong region. Within 3 minutes.The only person who was interested and who came up to me was the founder and initiator of the Mekong Tourism Forum, Jens Traenhart ( along the Mekong region). He told me to attend the MTF in June 2017 ' Prosper With Purpose' in Luang Prabang, my hometown. Back home in Laos I was then supported by Deputy Director Ms Soudaphone and the tourist department of Luang Prabang who ordered hundreds of bamboo cups and straws for the Food Festival at the Mekong Tourism Forum. Food journalist, Vincent Vichit-Vadakan introduced BambooLao in one of his session where we met Florian and his team from the Amantaka and who decided to support us at the Festival by giving free drinks out from our bamboo cups. Shortly after the MTF I had the privilege to welcomed the new German ambassador Jens Lütkenherm and his wife with our gift bags of bamboo straws as partner product of ' Handle With Care' a project of the GIZ and EU Switch. By the end of year 2017 we partnered with the students from Plastic Free NIST International School in Bangkok to be able to provide Thailand with our straws. At the beginning of year 2018 we caught the attention of the Honorary Consul of Austria in Chiangmai and he joined our ' last- bamboo- straw- movement' and team as well.

And on this year's ITB one year after I've talked about my vision of a plastic straw free world, I sat down with Nick Ray, writer of Lonely Planet Southeast Asia, Mr. Sounh Manivong, Director General, Tourism Development Department, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism of Lao and Mr. Bounlap Douangphoumy, Deputy Director General, Tourism Marketing Department Laos and talked about the usage and possibility of the fastest growing gras in the world, the bamboo.

Jens came up to me again this year and offered BambooLao to attend at this year's MTF 2018 in Nakhon Panomh in Thailand.;) I'm very excited about what is coming next and looking forward to the plastic free future.
mekongtourismforum.org/index.php/about-mtf/about-mtf/

And last but not least I want to thank the most important person on my side: My partner and co-founder Cormac Kelly who has always believed in me and the success of BambooLao. We wouldn't have been able to launch our project so fast if he didn't invest all his energy and savings into BambooLao. Thank you for your love Cormac, I love you!

Thanks everyone for supporting BambooLao!!

#OneYearAchievement #BambooLao #LiveYourDream #MekongMoments #LaoGermanFriendship
#MekongTourismForum2018 #ITB2018 #PlasticStrawFreeLaos #ResponsibleConsumption #TransformingTravelTransformingLives
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I have the Vision of a plastic-bag-free world!!!!

3 months ago

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It is human-hard to change bad habits, so we are working bamboo-hard on alternatives!! #BambooLaoStrawRevolutionIsOn

The Queen is also phasing out the use of plastic straws at Buckingham Palace.;)

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5424521/Now-plastic-straws-banned.html?ito=social-facebookhttp:/...

Now plastic straws are banned
Environment Secretary Michael Gove is set to announce a ban within months in a bid to stop the huge environmental damage the straws cause.
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Now plastic straws are banned

 

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