It wasn’t too long ago that Yommana Bierman discovered the wonders of bamboo, one of the world’s most sustainable resources.
With a passion for creating unique handicrafts as well as environmentally friendly items, she wanted to import natural, sustainable products from Vietnam. And in 2012, Chaba Leelawadee was born. The company focuses on producing handmade rattan, bamboo and spun bamboo tableware.
Chaba means “hibiscus” in Thai, while Leelawadee means “frangipani.” It’s pronounced: Cha-bah Lee-lah-wah-dee.
Both flowers are Yommana’s favourites, so it was a no-brainer when she named her new business, Chaba Leelawadee.
Find a selection of bamboo furniture accessories, such as bowls, plates, serving trays, vases and tissue boxes. Feel free to scatter the colourful items around the house (think mail tray, jewellery dish); alternatively, all of the entertaining pieces are food safe, as certified by international testing standards.
Pure Product Chaba Leelawadee’s pieces are all made of 100-percent organic bamboo, grown by skilled and experienced artisans in a safe and environment. Each product adheres to the high standards of the FDA and the European equivalent.
Here’s why you should revamp your house with fresh bamboo furniture as a more eco-friendly option.
1. It grows fast.
Did you know that bamboo is not a tree? It’s actually a type of grass and is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. Some species can climb up to 48 inches a day.
2. It’s light.
Conventional wood furniture can be difficult to transport. Bamboo is lightweight, so it’s a breeze to ship anywhere.
3. It’s resistant.
Bamboo pieces retain their shape well, despite being subjected to moisture over time. Bamboo is also termite-resistant.
4. It’s flexible.
Unlike regular wood, bamboo’s flexibility means it can be easily moulded into diff erent shapes and sizes. Younger bamboo stalks are especially bendy, a particularly useful trait for shaping curves on arches and round objects.
5. It’s strong.
Would you believe it if we told you that bamboo is stronger than steel? Yep, that’s right. It is also stronger than most hardwoods, making it perfect for crafting furniture and accessories at lower costs.
By Joshua Tan, The Finder, June 2016