Sustainability at Bambulah
A small enthusiastic team of perfectionists runs Bambulah. Founded in the Netherlands, we grew up with a strong sense of taking care of our environment and our people. Together we work every day to live up to our promise to create beautifully designed mosquito nets. This promise drives us to continuously improve our products, choice of materials, production methods, and ways of working.
“Bambulah was established in 2019, sustainability is naturally high on our agenda, today and always.”
– Frederique, Head of Design
Quality over quantity
Since the mosquito net industry – polyester mosquito nets in particular– has a significant environmental impact, we strive to do anything within our means to bring you a better and more sustainable product. It’s in our DNA to create durable mosquito nets: high-quality, well-designed nets that are not intended to end up as waste within a few years of use. Bambulah chooses small production batches over mass production. We never overstock and keep the designs limited. We never waste products at Bambulah: all our unsold mosquito nets will at some point in time be donated to charity. Our designs are timeless, and the quality is long-lasting.
Bali: producing in a zen atmosphere
The largest part of Bambulah mosquito nets is handmade in Bali, at workshops where time seemingly stood still. Bali has been chosen because we have noticed the appreciation the craftsmen and craftswomen have for their craft. From the cutting team to the seamstresses and from the packaging team to the quality inspectors. Our partners – primarily small and family-owned – share our love for quality and pride themselves over their craftsmanship. These craftsmen and craftswomen bring all the elements together to form the basis of the lasting quality – and style – of Bambulah mosquito nets. It is important for us to create strong, long-lasting partnerships and in most cases, we still work with the same manufacturers with whom we started.
Choosing the right fabric
Sourcing the right fabric has been a crucial first step in our journey for a more sustainable industry. For cotton & silk, this is somewhat easier than for polyester. Polyester by nature isn’t a natural product, and even though our polyester nets come from certified companies (BSCI/ISO9001), they are still less biodegradable than our cotton mosquito nets. We always look for ways to improve our processes and minimise our footprint on this beautiful planet. We do this for example, by:
- Partnering with suppliers who share our values on environmental and social responsibility
- Shipping our goods only with shipping companies who have signed the ‘Getting to Zero Coalition’ initiative, which aims to have ships and marine fuels with zero carbon emissions on the high seas by 2030, in another step by the shipping industry to reduce CO2
- Planting a tree for every order
In addition, we also try to avoid/minimise the use of chemicals in our process. That is why you will see more than 90% of our mosquito nets in an off-white, natural colour.
Small steps make big differences
Bambulah bed canopies come with as little plastic as possible. That is why the bags for our mosquito nets are made of cotton. Even the additional small bag for screws, wall plugs and cords (for mounting the net) is made from cotton. Our packaging, hang tags, printed materials, a.o. are all made of recycled or partially recycled materials.
Our realistic goal: minimise waste
Bambulah’s goal is to find ways to produce polyester nets from plastic waste. Even though we are not currently selling a 100% eco-friendly polyester net, we aim to start selling a part of our polyester collection made from plastic waste by 2022. We are constantly thinking of ways to reduce waste, with the ultimate goal to have no waste at all.