Cómo hacemos Nuestras Pajitas de Bambú

Historia y Proceso de hacer Pajitas de Bambú

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: plastic 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.

 

how to make bamboo straws by Bali Boo

In 2018, while looking to expand our operations and production a bit more, we came across another beautiful couple, Srii and Budi, who shared our values of quality, fairness, and sustainability. Our connection was an instant match, and since the beginning, we felt like Srii and Budi understood perfectly what we wanted to do with Bali Boo.

Nowadays, we are now proud to say that we 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.

Cómo hacer Pajitas de Bambú –¡El Estilo Bali Boo!

El bambú es la planta más sostenible del planeta, puede crecer a una velocidad de hasta 1 metro (3 pies) por día. No necesita irrigación, alcanza la madurez en menos de un año y es naturalmente antibacteriano. ¡Eso es lo que llamamos una superplanta!

En Bali Boo tenemos mucho cuidado al elegir solo los mejores materiales para nuestros productos. Es por eso que elegimos bambú balinés Buluh para nuestras pajitas.

cómo hacer pajitas de bambú de Bali Boo
cómo hacer pajitas de bambú de Bali Boo
cómo hacer pajitas de bambú de Bali Boo

Trabajamos con agricultores locales que cosechan el bambú de la manera más sostenible y orgánica en los cauces de las montañas del norte de Bali. No se usan ningún tipo de pesticidas ni químicos. También nos aseguramos de cortar solo los tallos que necesitamos, permitiendo que la planta crezca fuerte para que pueda seguir cumpliendo su deber en el ecosistema.

Una vez que se cortan los tallos, nuestro equipo los transforma en pajitas. Todo el proceso es completamente artesanal y sin el uso de ningún tipo de productos químicos o maquinaria pesada. El primer paso es secar los tallos adecuadamente bajo el sol. Esto hace que el bambú obtenga ese hermoso brillo marrón y lo endurece lo suficiente como para poder trabajar con ello.

cómo hacer pajitas de bambú de Bali Boo
cómo hacer pajitas de bambú de Bali Boo

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 to give them 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 40 minutes in water with vinegar to help disinfect them completely. They are then dried under the hot Balinese sun for a couple of hours before we pack them in a clean and safe environment.

As you can see, our work involves a lot of local Balinese people with whom we have a very close relationship and to whom we pay a fair price for their hard work. By purchasing our Bamboo Straws you are not only getting a unique and handmade set of products, but you are also helping a lot of people in Bali to continue working in their traditional crafts.
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