Our Bamboo Straws
Made with love by Wayan & Gitok
How it all started
Since the beginning of our journey we knew we wanted to create a brand of sustainable products that could really make a difference. We set out to find those products but we weren’t sure where to begin. One day, after walking Diego’s dog, Chili, on the beach, we were shocked to see the ridiculous amount of plastic waste that was lying around. It was uncanny. Plastic bottles, bags and the most annoying of them: straws were everywhere. Eureka! We had to find a solution to the annoying little plastic straws as a starting point, that’s where we would begin.
After months of research we found a young lady in central Bali called Wayan. Wayan and her soon-to-be husband, Gitok, had started experimenting with making Bamboo Straws. Their final product was nice, but far from what we thought should be a minimum standard in terms of quality. We decided to team up with them and continue evolving the final product so we could achieve a straw that wasn’t only sustainable, but that felt and looked incredibly premium and up to the highest standards possible.
Some years later, we are now proud to say that we probably have the best bamboo straws in the market, and are confident enough to stand by that statement. We take great care in carefully choosing the bamboo we work with, and our selecting, cutting, polishing, cleaning, sorting and quality control processes are now meticulously thought out. Every day that passes we put ourselves to the test and we always strive to perfect the processes even more so that we can always deliver the best product there can be.
How are the Bamboo Straws made?
Bamboo is the most sustainable plant in the planet, it can grow to a rate of up to 1m (3ft) per day. It needs no irrigation, reaches maturity in less than a year, and it is naturally antibacterial. Now that is what we call a super-plant!
At Bali Boo we take great care in only choosing the best materials for our products. That is why we chose Balinese bamboo for our straws.
We work with local farmers that harvest the bamboo in the most natural and organic way in the mountains of northern Bali. They use no pesticides or chemicals. We also make sure to only cut the stems we need, letting the plant grow strong so it can continue fulfilling its duty with mother earth.
Once the stems are cut our team transforms them into straws. The whole process is completely handmade and without the use of any type of chemicals or heavy machinery. The first step is to dry the stems properly under the sun. This makes the bamboo get that beautiful brownish glow and hardens them enough to be able to work with them.
We then cut them exactly to a length of 20cm (8 inches) using a traditional Balinese knife. We do this by hand so we can be sure the tips don’t break or cut and are safe to sip from. Once they are cut to the perfect size, we sand them down with a small rotating brush that helps polish them with a smooth and clean finish, just how we like them.
The last step is probably the most important. Once cut and polished, the bamboo straws are washed with water one by one and then boiled for 30 minutes in water with vinegar to help disinfect them completely. They are then dried under the hot Balinese sun for a couple hours before we pack them in a clean and safe environment.