You may think that one straw in your beverage isn’t going to hurt right? It’s just one straw. But imagine if even just a quarter of the world’s population said that every single day, “it’s just one straw”. Multiple that by billions of people and over the year, that’s a lot of rubbish. But it’s not just straws that are the bad guy here, think of all the other disposable plastic products you might use that you thought were unavoidable. That is, until now.
Enter Bhumi, an eco-friendly social enterprise that is bringing sustainable products to Sri Lanka.
Creators of Bhumi, Shilpa and her husband became inspired to start the business after visiting Cambodia earlier this year. “In terms of their currency, its value is much lower than ours but every café had metal and bamboo straws and we thought, if they can do it here, it’s crazy that Sri Lanka isn’t doing it! Personally, we were already doing things such as composting at home but we had never thought about it in a business sense.” Shilpa said in an interview with Mirror for Hope.
Dedicated to making ethical, cruelty-free, palm oil free and sustainable products more accessible to people in Sri Lanka, all their products are sourced, manufactured and shipped in a way that protects the planet to the best of their abilities. How do they do this?
Their huge range of reusable stainless-steel and bamboo straws are currently Bhumi’s biggest selling item. Boutique cafes and hotels (especially those owned by expats and millennials) were amongst some of Bhumi’s first customers. Mothers are also buying sets for their families, which sets a great example for the children on how to look after the environment day to day.
The reusable straws are available in a variety of colours and sizes, even metallic rainbow, now just imagine how great that will look on your foodie snaps on Instagram!
While it may seem that reusable straws are the cool new product of the moment, Bhumi has many other eco-fabulous products for your home. Here’s some of the current favourites:
Even with reusable straws gaining in popularity, there is a resistance among the hospitality community to switch from plastic to reusable. The main concern seems to be the belief that the businesses won’t be able to clean them fast enough (it’s easy, you receive a small cleaning brush with every straw). Paper straws are available in Sri Lanka and can seem like an attractive alternative, but most brands will have a coated plastic lining on the inside (the same as coffee cups) to stop it from going soggy, which means they’ll also have to be thrown out.
Down south, hotels, cafes and expats are embracing sustainable options faster. “Along the coast, because they are living there, on the beach, they see the environmental impact of plastic. It affects their livelihoods so they are motivated to do something about it. In Colombo people don’t have to deal with the garbage and repercussions. When you live in a city, garbage just goes away. Imagine if the garbage collector didn’t turn up in Colombo and you had to manage your own garbage!” Shilpa said thoughtfully.
Bhumi is continuing to evolve as they discover more eco-friendly options. Gaining inspiration from their own lives, as well as family and friends, they have plenty of ideas for helping people become more self-sustainable. Head over to their Facebook or Instagram page to check our new products as they arrive, eco tips and cute animal photos – something we could all have more of in our lives!
So, what are you waiting for? Be the change you want to see in the world, set an example to your friends and family and show you care about the environment, and look incredibly good doing so!
NB Friday, 7 December 2018 12:16
This is awesome! We need more people to think like this.
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