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Bamboo Gifts

You better not pout, you better not cry, but if you did I’d say that I understand why. For those of us who lack such time-saving devices as a team of uber-industrious elves or a jug of high-octane reindeer fuel, it can be a daunting if not insurmountable challenge to get all the gingerbread men properly decorated, the freshly cut Doug fir thoroughly tinseled, and every stocking hung by the chimney with care.

But at least when it comes time to stuff those stockings with thoughtful, meaningful treasures that have been produced ethically and without exploitation of the Earth or her inhabitants, Bambu Batu has a few bamboo gift ideas to help ease your holiday shopping while adroitly avoiding such dreaded pitfalls as the Walmart parking lot catastrophe or the Best Buy customer service fail.

So without further ado, here’s our Top Eight list of items under $20 for this holiday season.

#1. One of our all-time most popular items, the re-usable and indispensable bamboo spork. Arm yourself for a power lunch, and proper picnic or a simple appetizer… this one tool does it all. Available with or without the handsome cork carrying case.

#2. You may not be so traditional as to roast your own chestnuts, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying an open fire. Even the smallest of fires—produced from the non-toxic wick of an eco-friendly and naturally scented beeswax candle from Big Dipper Wax Co.—can be a genuine pleasure this time of year.

#3. Can’t think of anything more creative than an entirely utilitarian personal hygiene item? Yes, toothbrushes are a welcome addition to every stocking. So how about a bamboo toothbrush from Smile Squared? For every toothbrush purchased, another is donated to child in the developing world who needs one. Win-win!

#4. In the spirit of less-than-original stocking stuffers, don’t forget to stock up on bamboo socks and underwear, and start 2015 on the right foot!

#5. Another great gift for the avid traveler, or anyone who likes to eat on the go, the travel utensil set from To-Go Ware eliminates the need for disposable plastic ware, and adds a touch of class to every impromptu take out dining session, with bamboo fork, knife, spoon and even a durable pair of chopsticks.

#6. For purposes of personal pampering, it doesn’t get much better than a fluffy soft bamboo washcloth from Daisy House. Savor the sumptuous luxury of a super absorbent face cloth with the finest bamboo towels on the market. (Named best overall towel by the Wall Street Journal!)

#7. As a Bambu Batu customer, we know you care about shopping local, so don’t forget to pick up a few bars from Poppy Soap Co., handmade with love by Lindy LaRoche of Los Osos, available in eight remarkable recipes.

#8. I almost forgot the most import thing about holiday giving: the children! Spoil your little ones with a new set of bamboo pajamas from Yala, just about the most snuggly things on earth.

Bamboo Sporks be with you

Last night we took the kids down to the beach for an end-of-summer picnic, and picnics always remind me of how much I love my reusable bamboo Spork. So I figured, what better time than now to honor and reflect on one of our all time coolest products.

So simple, so functional, and so aesthetically pleasing, the reusable Spork is the epitome of sustainable simplicity. Crafted from bamboo scraps at the Bambu® factory where so many of our bamboo kitchenwares are produced, each Spork rescues a sliver of bamboo from the waste heap, and then, over the course of its long life, goes on to eliminate the need for thousands of disposable plastic utensils. With just a few basic tools, the individual scraps of bamboo are readily shaped into Sporks — no glues or wood stains required.

I always keep a Spork behind my desk here Bambu Batu, and believe it or not I’ve been using the same one for about 5 years now. And the thing is good as new. Whether I’m picking up lunch from one of our cafe neighbors or bringing in some snacks from home, my trustee Spork is always here, ready to get the job done. And it didn’t take long at all to train the cafe staff NOT to put the usual plastic forks and spoons into my take-out lunch.

If you need to improve your workplace utensils, or want to be prepared on your next picnic, road trip, or backpacking excursion, we have several options to meet your needs. For the serious Spork enthusiast, check out the Spork n Cork (a bamboo Spork in a stylish cork carrying case). Or step it up a notch with the To-Go Ware utensil set, comes complete with bamboo fork, spoon, knife and chopsticks, in a handy case with velcro closure and carabiner clip.

To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set

Bamboo Spork and cork carrying case

 

 

 

On the Central Coast, we are lucky to be able to camp in amazing weather all year round. From the coast to foothills, we love take our tents and sleeping bags and experience the great outdoors. At Bambu Batu, we are proud to carry a number of excellent products that will be a welcome addition to any nature nut’s kit. Sustainable, strong, and lightweight, bamboo is an wonderful choice for your next romp through the wilderness.With the holidays coming up, why not swing by and pick up something for your friends and family that they will be sure to use and enjoy?

Eat- Why pack an entire drawer of heavy, metal silverware when you can take along a handy spork? Both spoon and fork, it comes  with its own cork pocket so that it can fit snugly into your trousers or backpack. For the full set of cutlery in a compact sleeve, bring along our To- Go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set, complete with carabiner to attach to your gear. If you are sick of paper plates for camp cookouts, we offer bamboo veneer plates which are just as lightweight as their wasteful relatives, but easier on the environment and able to be used a number of times.

Drink- Whether out on a hike or just lounging next to the campfire, it is extremely important to keep hydrated. Out bamboo-topped Klean Kanteens make sure you always have precious fluids on hand. Also check out our Bamboo Bottles with extra insulation and glass interior for tea, soup, or coffee! Our tea tumblers are fantastic for caffeine on-the-go as well as a beautiful way to display our flowering teas from local purveyor, Swan Sisters Tea and are handy for the office or the outdoors.

Be Merry- Of course, we have a whole store filled with amazing bamboo apparel which will keep you content from head to toe. When your body is comfortable, you are ready to enjoy nature to its fullest. Happy feet affect the rest of your bones, so grab a pair of super-comfortable bamboo socks before your next stroll. Soft, anti-microbial, and able to wick away moisture, they are a popular and fantastic gift for anyone on your list!  Don a new bamboo Arbor beanie for cold nights, wrap up in a Spun Bamboo sweatshirt, or hang around the cabin in some BambooDreams lounge pants.

 

Okay. We all know enough about nutrition now to know that McDonald’s is on the bad guys’ team, right? Morgan Spurlock, Eric Schlosser, and Micheal Pollan have made that clear enough, right? We don’t want McDonald’s in our kids’ faces twenty-four-seven, right? We wouldn’t have them teaching our kids about nutriti….what?

Yup. Not a joke. Not fiction. Reality. McReality. McDonald’s is hosting nutrition workshops for elementary school kids. That’s like having a convicted predator teach a class on self-defense for women.

It would be one thing if this was just some cheap ploy to improve their image in the nutrition community. No matter who it is dispensing the sermon, it can’t be a bad thing to have kids learn about the merits of vegetables. After all, this is what McDonald’s representatives claim to be the point of their seminars.

But little 11-year-old Shannon Mulligans claims to have “learned that McDonald’s can be very healthy for you if you make the right choices. I usually have lots of cheese, but I had less cheese and more lettuce, and I had chicken instead of hamburger because it has fewer calories,” according to a local paper.

Yup. The merits of vegetables.

The “learning” doesn’t take place at schools either. It takes place at a McDonald’s location: in Stratford, CT, where over 25% of high school students are overweight or obese. Interesting. Hmmm, divide that number, by the number of calories in an Angus Deluxe (750) and add what percentage of sodium and fat is recommended for an adult’s daily maximum intake (about two Big Macs) and it equals… oh yeah, one reason kids shouldn’t be taking nutritional guidance from the guru of gluttony.

Well, I guess this is just one more notch in the belt of big companies fighting to keep our kids fat. We already have soda companies funding school text books and lockers, in exchange for monopolies in vending machines, and dairy lobbyists making sure that kids drink milk with their lunch. What next? Are corn lobbyists going to dress up like stalks of corn, and hand out pamphlets about the benefits of HFCS (sorry, corn sugar?)

Think I’m kidding? Just consider Coca-Cola’s virtual monopoly on Cal Poly campus. As of last year they gained exclusive rights to sell soft drinks (Coca-Cola, Red Bull, etc.) everywhere but the campus food court. That meant elbowing out Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and even organic, fair-trade and locally developed Guayaki. Of course, you probably remember how dutifully the Cal Poly president bowed down to corporate influence when Michael Pollan came to speak last year.

Thanks to change.org for the information about this. Want to send your kids to school with a sustainable way of eating lunch? Come in and get some to-go ware and a handy bamboo spork!

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