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Industrial Hemp

For decades, farmers and environmental activists have been trying to legalize nonpsychoactive hemp for cultivation in California. The plants require far less water and fertilizers than cotton, need no herbicides or pesticides, and produce fibers that can be used in everything from paper to clothing. The crop can renew itself every 90 days, making hemp and excellent natural and biodegradable material. Last week, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 566 into law allowing hemp to be grown domestically. California joins nine other states and over 30 countries in its decision to raise hemp. Already a $500 million industry in the state, California will now no longer have to rely upon importing hemp to support manufacturing demand.

The bill was introduced in 2005 by Senator Mark Leno. Since its initial proposal as HR 32 in 1999, the legislation was vetoed  four times by three different governors. Governor Brown struck down the bill in 2011 citing a gap in state and federal policies, although he acknowledged it was “absurd” that the state had to count on Mexico and Canada to provide hemp. With his approval, farmers will now be able to raise “nonpsychoactive types of the plant Cannabis sativa L. and the seed produced therefrom, having no more than 3/10 of 1 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) contained in the dried flowering tops.”

“I have great confidence in a recent statement by Attorney General Eric Holder,” Leno told the SF Bay Guardian. “He’s said that if a state puts into place a legal allowance and regulatory scheme, that the federal government would not interfere with marijuana. Now, we need clarification between hemp and marijuana, but there’s no sensical way that that could be interpreted that hemp is excluded, given that hemp’s not a drug.”

Bambu Batu offers a few hemp items in the shop, but looks forward to seeing more sustainable, locally-grown fibers on the market!

It is important to stand up for what you believe in, and when you own green furniture, it is also possible to sit, lie down, and and lean on your convictions.  To fully relax with a clear conscience, it is best to purchase furnishings that take advantage of recycled materials, sustainable woods or grasses, and are free of harmful chemicals.  As a bamboo specialty store, Bambu Batu supports the increasingly popular trend towards eco-friendly fabrication and design.  Hoping to outfit your home with stylish appointments worthy of the earth-respecting soul that you are?  Here are a couple of companies we would suggest:

Anji Mountain-  Bambu Batu is happy to carry Anji Mountain’s beautiful bamboo mats.  The company takes advantage of other renewable natural fibers and offer full lines of area rugs from jute, seagrass, wool and sisal.  Unlike many other floor coverings, these materials do not release pollutants and large amounts of carbon during production or release heavy metals and synthetic chemicals during disposal.  Man-made fibers can emit VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) while sitting in your home.  Avoid allergies and respiratory illness by choosing plants over plastics!

Modern Bamboo- Contemporary design and environmental awareness converge in Modern Bamboo’s clean, sleek chairs, closets, and tables.  Fabricated in the USA by skilled craftsmen, the company also custom builds pieces from reclaimed materials and uses VOC-free glues and finishes.  Taking advantage of bamboo’s natural strength and flexibility, the designs reminiscent of Charles and Ray Eames help to create an indoor atmosphere that is sure to remain in style far into the future.

Atmodsphere- Located in downtown San Luis Obispo, home and kitchen decor boutique Atmodsphere showcases beds, desks, chairs, and tables fashioned from reclaimed wood, recycled milk bottles, and poly lumber.  Ranging from the affordable to the very high end, the store hand selects the best in modernist style.  Drop in to browse or take part in one of their many handmade-craft workshops.

El Dot- Simple and stylish, you too will dream of outfitting a whole room or office in an El Dot collection.  Constructed from a Nepalese timber species of bamboo and of rosewood, the frames of their pieces are harvested annually by local farmers from private land.  Cushions, padding, and upholstery fabrics are composed of non-toxic and biodegradable wool, hemp,  and organic latex.  The nuts and bolts are all brass, and sourced from Kathmandu.

Linker Workshop- Central Coast local craftsmen Jamie Coxon and Nick Wilkinson provide custom installations, furniture, and displays from reclaimed materials through the Linker Workshop.  From succulent-adorned wall planters to jewelry cases, lighting fixtures to seating build-outs, picture frames to decks, these two can make just about anything for your home or business.