People & Furnishings
Putu's Bamboo Straws - Bali
Last modified: 2015-04-16 22:38:50
Produced by I Putu Agus Widiasa, a shy and industrious young Balinese man from a small village near Ubud. Putu's still in high school, and this is his first business.
Made from local bamboo stalks buys from small farmers in north and west Bali with extra bamboo on their land, naturally renewing, chemical-free and biodegradable, Putu initiated this idea himself. As in many countries and also part of the culture of Bali, this is his after-school project. He's working with his father, also very industrious, to learn how to produce the straws, except when he's playing football, flying kites (which he also makes himself), or talking with friends. He'll use the profits to buy school books and handphone pulsa.
Billions of plastic straws are discarded every year and theoretically can be recycled but rarely are. They don't degrade, last for ages and end up in landfills and littering oceans.
In addition to supplying many restaurants in Bali, Putu has shipped large orders of his bamboo eco straws to Kuala Lumpur, Thailand, Jakarta, Kuta (Bali) and is developing a contract for monthly shipment to California.
Also in development, an eco-responsible bamboo coffee stirrer.
Hand wash and reuse. After longer use, cover in water with vinegar; boil for 20 minutes and lay to dry, ready to be used again and again.
Packs of 5 or 10 pc in 15 or 25 cm length. Custom lengths available by order.
Also available carrying bags from parachute material (partially from recycled fibers) in 4 colors.
Keywords: Indonesia, bamboo, straw, straws, eco straw, Bali, youth project