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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3 weeks 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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4 weeks ago

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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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1 month 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 😉

4 months ago

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You've changed your logo?

Monikas Artwork again?

Nice 👍🏻 interesting

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4 months ago

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Ms Kimmy: 020 5982 2623

5 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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6 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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6 months 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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6 months 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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6 months 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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6 months 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

6 months 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

7 months 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

7 months 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

7 months 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

7 months 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

7 months 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

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