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...

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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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4 months ago

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6 months ago

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Today we visited NIST International School to meet a group that’s doing big things for change, not only in their school, but the entire city. Plastic Free NIST was formed to reduce the amount of plastic waste within the academy but has since expanded into the community and throughout Bangkok, Thailand. One major partnership with BambooLao has allowed them to replace disposable straws in restaurants in the area with far more sustainable solutions, bamboo of course! The proceeds in turn help them support more green initiatives, which of course is a win win for everyone.

So what does it take to make a school plastic free?

There are many things that they have done and it continues to be a battle they are fighting daily for, but we are very proud of the huge strides they have made thus far. Besides bamboo straws they also offer stainless steel mugs to the students in place of disposable plastic containers. When it comes to purchasing drinks not on tap they offer glass bottle products rather than the ever too common plastic bottles and should a child have not invested in a bamboo straw they can get a paper one on request, otherwise beverages are served strawless as they should be. To continue with the plastic battle in the cafeteria they’ve replaced single use plastic bowls and utensils with ones made of cassava which honestly even we were impressed with. Furthermore, to reduce packaging in the lunchroom they replaced plastic wrapped fruit and veg with a salad bar option instead. Not only healthier for the planet, but also much healthier for the children.

These are all things they have done just revolving around food, and sure much of our plastic waste is certainly centered around our diet, but they don’t stop there. Recycle stations have been placed around the school with clear and somewhat anecdotal images explaining how to use them. There is still an education process going on despite this but the key is they are making the efforts. In many schools you will find banners and posters everywhere for all sorts of events going on but they are often made from vinyl which is of course a form of plastic. Plastic Free NIST has taken two methods to resolve this issue, one more old school, using cloth with interchangeable dates rather than the vinyl and the other being more stepping into the future using TV’s as message boards to post events and information.

The newest project they are working on to date is coincidentally one we just recently highlighted with Precious Plastic Bangkok. They are in the process of building a shredder just like the one used by Precious Plastic Community to break down and recycle the remaining school’s waste into products that can further help reduce the need for single use plastics such as cups and bowls.

We are truly inspired by this dedicated group who has gone above and beyond to make a difference. Are you a school or establishment looking for help to reduce your footprint in the Bangkok area? Let us know and we can help put you in contact with the brilliant minds at PF NIST and they will be more than happy to share any advice on how to make it happen.

To follow along with their progress check out their Twitter: @PlasticFreeNIST twitter.com/PlasticFreeNIST

Thank you so much to:
NIST International School Alumni
Bruno Dunda
Caitlin Bell
Cindy Chen

It was an honor being invited to see your work first hand and sharing ideas. We look forward to seeing what these all stars will accomplish once they graduate and take on the world. They are ever so lucky to have such dedicated teachers helping them pursue their passions.

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Hoc i have to do to buy a lot for my shop in France ?

Thanks for the share but more importantly thank you for all the great work you do not only supporting and inspiring groups like this but in the villages creating opportunities and helping our planet at the same time. We're very happy to cover stories like this <3

7 months ago

m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2191545347835780&id=2059801817676801After an incredibly long wait our own bamboo toothbrushes are finally in!!
The bristles are nylon (we would love to find a cost effective way around this but for now we are stuck with this).
However this still creates far less waste than our fully plastic toothbrushes and can be used for the same amount of time. The head can be snapped off after use and the handle composted (the colour is non toxic - and can be scraped off if you are sceptical).
The adult brush comes in 3 colours- white, blue and grey. And the kids size is yellow.
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7 months ago

BambooLao

And the winner of MIST’s 2018 Startup Accelerator is —- BambooLao!

BambooLao from Luang Prabang, Lao PDR beat 111 entrants from across Southeast Asia to take top prize in the 2018 Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST) challenge. MIST’s top prize comes with a USD10,000 innovation grant.

BambooLao is on a mission to eliminate single-use plastics from hotels and resorts across Asia. They have produced more than 80,000 reusable bamboo straws and other bamboo utensils, using indigenous bamboo varieties and a proprietary natural treatment process. Their straws are used by Aman Group, Pullman, Rosewood Group, and Sofitel properties, as well as EXO Travel tours. BambooLao estimates their environmentally-friendly products have displaced the use of 5 million single-use plastic straws.

“The MIST innovation grant will help us scale-up production from one to three villages. We must invest in capacity to meet growing international demand,” said BambooLao founder Arounothay Khoungkhakoune.

Vietnamese startup Ecohost took MIST’s second prize and received a USD5,000 grant. Ecohost facilitates quality tourism experiences in the Vietnamese countryside, working with rural communities to develop tours and activities while improving the capacity of local homestays to serve international guests.

MIST supports high-growth-potential emerging market startups in travel and hospitality – especially startups that generate positive impacts for communities, culture, and the environment. The program’s five 2018 finalists refined their business acumen and pitching skills during MIST’s weeklong business fundamentals bootcamp, five months of customized coaching by industry experts, and MIST pitch competitions in Ho Chi Minh City, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, and ITB-Asia’s Mekong Travel Startup Forum in Singapore.

“BambooLao, Ecohost, and other MIST finalists demonstrate how the Mekong region’s bright, innovative entrepreneurs are finding practical solutions to solve industry problems, while striving to make tourism more inclusive and sustainable," said Jens Thraenhart, co-organizer of MIST and executive director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office.
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8 months ago

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The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office MTCO was invited to present at the China-ASEAN Belt and Road Tourism Forum in Guiyang, Guizhou, PRC. Very fruitful gathering with productive meetings and dialogue. #tourismmekong #Asean #AseanChina #guiyang #guizhou #china ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Go go go bambooo lao 😉

11 months ago

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Viel besser

Nice 👍🏻 interesting

Monikas Artwork again?

You've changed your logo?

11 months ago

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Ms Kimmy: 020 5982 2623

11 months ago

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Yes, BambooLao is in the finals! ;) Congratulations to my colleagues and competitors from VDEs, Go Explore Vietnam, SidesBag and Ecohost Vietnam. I see you again in Nakohm Phanom!
And to all start ups and who didn't make it to the finals; thank you for the great experience and exchange. We have gained so much we are all winners.;)

Hello everyone,

Again, Congratulations to the finalists of MIST 2018. Let's start to know each other - the Top10 teams from Startup Accelerator and Market Access Program.

▶ 5 finalists from Startup Accelerator:
They previously attended a boot camp May 17-22 in Ho Chi Minh City, where they competed against 14 other startups to join the program.

• BambooLao (Lao PDR) produces reusable bamboo straws to replace single-use plastic straws. Khoungkhakoune Arounothay
• VDEs - tìm kiếm địa điểm tổ chức tiệc cưới (Viet Nam) connects event planners with event venues and makes them bookable through their database. Ann Naomi Nguyen
• Go Explore Vietnam (Viet Nam) organizes “workation” programs aimed at international and domestic remote workers. Huong Nguyen
• SidesBag (Cambodia) is a mobile application enabling airline passengers to purchase available luggage allowance from fellow travelers. Sokmey Ty
• Ecohost Vietnam (Viet Nam) improves the local homestay experience, improving the management of homestays and local activities while making them easier to book. Bùi Thị Nhàn

▶ Meanwhile, MIST selected 5 international travel and hospitality innovators for Market Access track. The MIST Market Access program invites innovators from around the world to solve tourism and hospitality industry challenges in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

• Adventoro offers bucket-list worthy activities including whitewater rafting, jungle treks and diving excursions. Currently serving Malaysia, Adventoro will use the MIST Market Access Program to enter Viet Nam.
• DidaTravel Technology, based in China, offers backend technology for hotel booking, providing real-time inventory and rates.
• Moneybay provides a digital cross-border currency exchange platform. The Malaysian fintech makes it simple for tourist to make payments online and collect currency from a local partner.
• Monkey Theory creates fun and happy experiences with branded sporting events – encouraging public health and social activity.
• hereO, creator of the hero GPS watch for kids, offers plug-and-play IoT technology. It is considering IoT solutions for last-mile tourist transportation in the Greater Mekong Subregion. Elwin Chin

See you soon in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand!
Your MIST organizers
Jason and Huong.
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12 months ago

BambooLao

Thank you everyone for making MIST 2018 a huge success. It was difficult selecting the most innovative startups and teams from hundreds of applications from the Greater Mekong Region, and after 5 intense days of collaborating and feedback, it's clear we selected the best.

Join 19 tourism startups from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam as they embark on an intense 5 day accelerator bootcamp with MIST; the Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism. Watch behind the scenes footage of mentors, pitches, keynotes and the challenge to become recognized as a top innovator in travel.

MIST is supported by the Australian Government, the Asian Development Bank, and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office.
youtu.be/9OqO0KO5WjQJoin 19 tourism startups from the Greater Mekong Region, battling for recognition as top innovators in travel. Converging in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam May 1...
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1 years 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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1 years 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

 

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1 years 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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1 years 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

1 years 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

1 years 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

1 years 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
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