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16/11 2013

Bangladesh celebrates World Bamboo Day 2013

Here is a brief description of the WBD celebrations in Bangladesh, coming from Abdul Kalam

Opening Ceremony   

Venue: Department of  Co-operatives Building, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Participants: Government and private sectors, NGOs, community enterprise. Over 250 people attended!

Chief Guest Md. Humaun Khaled, Reg. & Additonal  Secretary Local Government Bangladesh

Bamboo Rally: 9:00 to 11:30 am     

Bamboo Plantation: 12:00 to  1:00 pm   150 bamboos were planted!

Bamboo Seminar: 1:00 to 2:00 pm “Bamboo Awareness”

Second  Part : “ Digital Bamboo Fair” 10 days duration

Date: 10th  to 20th   October  2013   comprised of 50 stalls (booths)

Place: Mirpur, National Botanical Garden, Dhaka,   Bangladesh.

Chief Guest Md. Abdul Baraik, Director, National Botanical Garden.

Third Part :     Bamboo Seminar, and conclusion seminar for feedback.

Date: 12th November 2013 Venue: Forest Department’s Building, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Chief Guest  Md.Yunus Ali, Chief Conservator   Forest Department of Bangladesh & also government  higher  officer.

For more information, contact Master Abul Kalam   /   telephone +8801813874692

In association with

Ministry of Environment and Forest.

Ministry of LGRD & Co-Operative

Ministry of Industries

Organized by Bangladesh Bamboo, Cane & Mat Crafts Foundation









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17/09 2013

Thank you, Bamboo Businesses!

Recognizing 10 Bamboo Businesses in the U.S.A. and Canada

World Bamboo Day 2013


If you reside in the United State or Canada you probably noticed that the ‘business of bamboo’ has come a long way in this neck of the woods in recent years.  Not too long ago any bamboo company that you might come across was more than likely a bamboo flooring business. In part, the flooring industry paved the way for a bamboo consumerism. Now with modern techniques and technology, bamboo can be processed into a wide range of commodities. As of late, we are enjoying the existence of numerous other types of bamboo businesses in North America that offer a plethora of unique products and services utilizing and promoting bamboo as a replacement to traditional, less renewable materials like tree pulp, or pollutants like plastic.


The following lists 10 bamboo businesses in the U.S.A and Canada that we would like to celebrate and acknowledge this year on World Bamboo Day.  Congratulations to all of them for the work they’ve done to promote bamboo alternatives for the sake of the environment and the economy. Each company here has demonstrated their passion for and dedication in promoting bamboo.


1. Bamboo Leaf Tea Bamboo leaf tea and extract have been used medicinally in the Indian Ayurvedic tradition as well as in Chinese medicine for hundreds of year. Now offered by this company founded in 2010 in sunny Florida, Bamboo Leaf Tea grows its own bamboo and processes its tea without the use of chemicals. Bamboo Leaf Tea has a wonderful sweet, green flavor and offers many benefits. The tea is a source of silica and is a whole food format which can be absorbed better than a supplement. Bamboo Leaf Tea is committed to promoting the benefits of bamboo.


2. Bambooee  A staggering 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used by Americans alone, every year. That’s around 130 million trees (on the basis that one paper pulp tree provides 100 pounds of paper). Paper towels are dispensed every day in restrooms and kitchens across North America and worldwide.  Bambooee, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, offers an innovative solution with its reusable but disposable bamboo towel made from bamboo viscose. They can be washed up to 100 times before beginning to break down. They have the same look and feel as ordinary paper towels – even coming in a roll, mimicking how paper towels are normally consumed. The big difference though, is that one doesn’t just tear a sheet and throw it away. Instead, each sheet of bamboo towel is washable and reusable. A roll of 20 Bambooee sheets replaces 60 paper towel rolls, helping you reduce waste and save money. Made from certified organic bamboo, a sustainable source, the Bambooee Towels are also strong, absorbant and durable.


3. Bambooki  was founded in 2010 in San Diego, California. Bambooki is a response to the rapid growth of the bamboo industry, and offers consumers a one-stop shopping experience for bamboo products online. With over 1,000 products, their entire website features the top bamboo alternative products.


4. Boo Bamboo, a company hailing from Toronto, Canada, makes use of bamboo extract in their hair and skin care products because it is so rich in mineral and organic proteins. Especially for their hair care products, Boo Bamboo promotes its bamboo extract as an aid to strengthen hair follicles and retain moisture to promote shine.  Not only are they committed to utilizing bamboo, but Boo Bamboo is also dedicated to using other gentle and safe ingredients across their product line.


5. Ontario Bamboo Ontario Bamboo was founded in Ontario, Canada in 2010 after several years of research – research conducted to determine which bamboo species would survive in Southern Ontario’s unpredictable climate. Ontario Bamboo is offering bamboo solutions to Southern Ontario’s ecosystemic demands with incredible environmental benefits. Ontario Bamboo prides themselves in a thorough knowledge of bamboo and the bamboo industry. They offer consultations for bamboo product development, the bamboo industry, risks and challenges, and bamboo farming.


6. Bum Boosa Bamboo Products founded in 2009 on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, they were the first company in the U.S.A. to offer baby wipes made from bamboo viscose, an alternative to traditional tree pulp and plastic fiber wipes. Billions of disposable baby wipes are tossed into landfills every year. In fact in 2008, the Chicago Tribune reported that if someone were to load all the disposable wipes purchased by consumers in North America that year onto 18 wheel semi trucks, it would take 9,000 trucks, stretching for 68 miles. That statistic is five years old, and since then the wet wipes industry continues to drastically expand. Bum Boosa® also asserts that bamboo can help alleviate the burden that our forest lands bear for other tissue and paper products. Hence, they launched the first 100% tree-free bamboo bathroom tissue offered in the U.S. and Canada in 2010.


7. Cariloha Truly the first clothier to offer an entire wardrobe from head to toe made from organic bamboo viscose blends, this company was founded back in 2007 and is headquartered in Sandy, Utah. Today Cariloha is the only multi-store retailer in the world with an entire store experience completely merchandized with bamboo-based products that now also include sheets, towels, and blankets.  Their stores are located throughout the Caribbean, west and east coasts of the U.S., Hawaii, and Alaska. They are the number one apparel brand throughout the cruise industry. You really have to step inside a Cariloha store to fully appreciate the multi-sensory bamboo experience that they have skillfully created for their customers.


8. Ever Bamboo, a company founded in 2007 in Calgary, Canada, brings bamboo charcoal to North America. The benefits of bamboo charcoal have been enjoyed for more than five centuries in Asia. Bamboo charcoal has been traditionally used as a substitute for wood charcoal or mineral coal. Some of its many uses include to purify and to deodorize.  As a deodorizer, it can absorb toxic chemical substances for consumer (shoe, sport equipment, fridge, closet, drawer, etc), commercial and industrial applications. When submersed in water, bamboo charcoal softens the water, absorbs harmful minerals including chlorine, and releases its natural minerals (calcium, sodium, magnesium) into the water. It can be used as aquarium filter, water filter for bath water and non-drinking water, and for general household and industrial use. It can also serve as a dehumidifier since its high density and porous structure enables bamboo charcoal to absorb excessive moisture effectively. When humidity is low, the retained moisture would be released back into the atmosphere.


9. Woo Bamboo, founded this year in 2013, and with its headquarters in Cape Coral, Florida, offers bamboo toothbrushes. Over the course of a year, most people replace their toothbrush an average of three to four times. This amounts in over a billion brushes thrown away in the United States every year. That’s about 50 million pounds of toothbrushes sitting in landfills across the country every year with more piling on every day. Most traditional brushes are made from non-biodegradable materials, which mean that these brushes will keep sitting in the landfill for years to come. It’s very rare for these brushes to get recycled, and trying to dispose of them by burning or other methods just makes more pollution and waste. It’s poor hygiene to keep your toothbrush for more than a few months, so Woo Bamboo offers a solution with a bamboo toothbrush. The bamboo used in a WOOBAMBOO toothbrush is sustainably grown, organic, BPA-free, naturally anti-microbial, durable, biodegradable, and it’s stylish, too! WOOBAMBOO also totes the highest quality Dupont Tynex bristles, so your dentist would approve, as well.


10. Bamboosa founded in 2008 and located in Andrews, South Carolina, they are a clothier specializing in fiber from organically grown bamboo. All of their clothing are made from 100% viscose fiber produced from certified organically grown bamboo or blended with cotton, organic cotton, Lycra or recycled polyester. Bamboosa’s bamboo viscose is imported from China, and all fabric production, as well as dyeing and sewing, are created in South Carolina by second and third generation seamstresses who take great pride in what they do.


*A special thank you to each of these companies listed above for participating in World Bamboo Day celebrations with World Bamboo Organization this year.  Each company has generously donated their products to share with participants at our World Bamboo Day 2013 5K Walk/Run Race in Cotuit Village on 9/21/2013.


* Although not a bamboo company per se, we would also like extend our gratitude to Water the Bamboo for their participation and support of World Bamboo Day 2013. Water the Bamboo is a company providing inspirational and motivational presentations, using bamboo as a remarkable metaphor that inspires businesses and organizations to grow.

AND A BIG THANK YOU to the BAMBOO GARDEN of North Plains, Oregon for donating the non-invasive bamboo plants as Award Gifts for the Race Winners!   


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17/09 2013

Celebrate in France!

18 septembre est la JOURNÉE MONDIALE DU BAMBOU .

Le mercredi 18 septembre est la JOURNÉE MONDIALE DU BAMBOU . À cet effet nous organisons un jeu de piste qui sera disponible sur notre parc le mercredi 18, samedi 21 et dimanche 22 septembre de 11h à 18h (la caisse ferme à 17h).

Ce jeu de piste est pour toute la famille ou à faire entre amis et vous prendra environ 1h30. Il y aura plusieurs panneaux cachés sur notre parc avec différentes indications. Ces indications vous aideront à trouver le panneau suivant et vous donneront un indice sur l’animal mystère à retrouver. Autour de ces panneaux seront cachés plusieurs lettres qui vous aideront à décrypter un code secret pour trouver un mot mystère. De plus sur le parc entier seront suspendus 8 lettres qui formeront ce mot mystère.

Quand vous aurez trouvé l’animal et le mot mystère vous pouvez nous l’envoyer par e-mail. Ainsi vous participerez au tirage au sort et peut-être vous gagnerez un plant de bambou, un abonnement pour le Parc aux Bambous, un xylophone en bambou et bien d’autres cadeaux.

Pour pouvoir participer au jeu de piste il faut payer l’entrée du Parc aux Bambous.

Tarif : 3€50 pour les – de 12 ans
7€00 pour les 12 ans et +
Le mercredi 18 septembre c’est gratuit pour les – de 12 ans.

Mercredi 18 septembre 2013 à l’occasion de la fête du bambou le parc aux bambous et Nect’Art du bien-être vous proposent :
« Nature et Mandala »

Le mandala est une représentation a la fois du soi et du monde une parallèle dela cellule et son noyau origine de tout organisme vivant qui correspond aux lois fondamentales de la création.
Le mandala est un symbole de la totalité le créer spontanément, nous permet inconsciemment de s’explorer, de mettrede l’ordre, de se recentrer, se reconstruire et guérir notre être intérieur. Un puissant support de croissance, de transformation, une source d’éveil, de calme et de concentration. Venez participer à la création de mandala géant ou nous utiliserons les éléments que nous offre dame nature pour transmettre notre plus beau symbole d’amour.

Tarif 17€ de 14h30à 17h30. Le prix inclus l’accès au parc pour toute la journée

For more information, contact

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17/09 2013

Celebrate on Cape Cod, USA!

2013 World Bamboo Day 5K Walk/Run Race in Cotuit Village, Cotuit, Massachusetts

Join us on Saturday, September 21, 2013 in Cotuit Village for a scenic 5K Walk/Run in celebration of World Bamboo Day!  Many thanks to our generous sponsors,which include bamboo businesses from across the United States and Canada. Some of the sponsoring organizations include Woo Bamboo, Cariloha, EverBamboo, Bamboo Leaf Tea, Bambooee, Bum Boosa Bamboo Products, Boo Bamboo, Bambooki, Bamboosa Clothing, Water the Bamboo and Bamboo Ontario. Food for the event is generously donated by Panera Bread of Mashpee. The first 125 pre-registered participants will receive a bamboo gift bag full of unique and interesting bamboo products from these sponsors, such as bamboo tooth brushes, bamboo soap, bamboo tea, bamboo socks, bamboo cosmetics, and bamboo wet wipes. There will be items raffled off such as bamboo massages by En Route Spa, bamboo SUP board guided tours by Peace Love SUP, and gift certificates by online bamboo merchant

Winners will receive non-invasive bamboo plants donated by Bamboo Garden!

On the morning of the race please arrive by 8:15AM at the Cotuit Federated Church located at 40 School Street, Cotuit, MA 02635.  On street parking and parking at the Cotuit Post Office will be available.

The race will begin at 9AM!
Entry Fee $27.50


All proceeds benefit World Bamboo Organization

Water and healthy snacks will be provided on the morning of the event.
Gift bags will be available for pickup on the morning of the event.
Prizes to be announced!

Course Description/ Race Route:
Location: Cotuit Village, MA
Start adjacent to sign for Cotuit Federated Church on School Street
Straight and Take Right on Highland St
Right onto Old Oyster Road
Left on Coolidge
Right on Main Street
Left on Ocean View Ridge Road past Loop Beach
Right onto Main Street
Left on Piney Road
Right onto School Street
Return to Cotuit Federated Church Finish line

Total Distance: 3.1 miles/5K

If you have any questions please contact Sonja Sheasley at 508-539-1373 ext 5 or email


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17/09 2013

Celebrate in Bangkok!

World Bamboo Day 2013 Celebration in Thailand

Date: 18 September 2013

Bamboo Seminar: “Bamboo Knowledge Management for Sustainability”

Venue: Research and Development Building, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand

Time: 11.30 am – 4.30 pm

Participants: Government and private sectors, NGOs, community enterprise, academia

Organizer: Kasetsart University Center of Excellence on Bamboos, Thailand

For more information, contact Sarawood Sungkaew, <>

11.30 hrs Registration
12.00 hrs Lunch
13.00 hrs Opening ceremony
13.15 hrs Keynote AddressesAboutWorld Bamboo DayAssoc. Prof. Dr. Songkram ThamminchaKnowledgeExotic Bamboo on the Highland

Assist. Prof. Dr. Bunvong Thaiutsa

14.45 hrs Coffee/Tea Break
15.15 hrs PresentationDraft Master Plan of Kasetsart University Center of Excellence on BamboosAssist. Prof. Dr. Sapit Diloksumpun
16.30 hrs Closing ceremony


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16/09 2013

Celebrate in Nagaland!








  • 6th mile Nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre Dimapur Nagaland
  • The Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency along with the rest of the world bamboo fraternity is commemorating the world bamboo day under the theme “Building Lives”.World Bamboo Day is a day of celebration to increase the awareness of bamboo globally. Where bamboo grows naturally, bamboo has been a daily element, but its utilization has not always been sustainable due to exploitation. The World Bamboo Organization aims to bring the potential of bamboo to a more elevated exposure – to protect natural resources and the environment, to ensure sustainable utilization, to promote new cultivation of bamboo for new industries in regions around the world, as well as promote traditional uses locally for community economic development.

    Highlights: The event will be for 2 (two)days, 18th Sept & 19th Sept. mainly focus on entrepreneurs/craftsman,where various Bamboo products will be display for sales and exhibition.Food stall & Dissemination of knowledge/programmes from the Bamboo workers.

    The inaugural program starts at 10:00 am on 18th september.2013

    For more info, contact

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16/09 2013

Celebrate in Laguna, Philippines!

On behalf of Arellano University, it is our great honor to again participate and celebrate the World Bamboo Day Celebration. We would like to share with you our program of activity and invite you to our celebration.
Our annual celebration is in line with our continuous advocacy campaign to protect and conserve the environment. We will launch our celebration on September 25, 2013 at the Galalan High School, Pangil, Laguna. It shall feature a bamboo planting activity with the students of Arellano and Galalan High School. An Information Education Campaign (IEC) on the utilization of bamboo and its impact to Climate Change and Global Warming shall be also conducted for the students of Galalan High School through the use of documentary videos. This is in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (DENR-ERDB) in Los Banos, Laguna and Galalan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative and the Laguna Lake Development Authority.
Arellano University celebrates World Bamboo Day
September 25, 2013
Galalan, Pangil, Laguna, Philippines
Kawayan: Tugon sa pagbabagong Klima at seguridad ng pagkain
(Bamboo: Answer to Climate Change and Food Security.)
Program of Activity
I.      Opening Ceremony
II.     MOA signing with the Galalan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries 
        Multi-Purpose Cooperative
III.    Planting of initial 200 bamboo seedlings 
        (Participants: AU faculty, students, Galalan High School 
IV.    Community Lunch
V.     Viewing of Film documentary about bamboo
VI.    Community Walk Tour
- Laguna Lake Development Authority
- Galalan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative
- Ecosystems Research Development Bureau of Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Note: We moved our schedule for the celebration due to the Semi-finals week exam of the students that falls on Sept. 16 – 20, 2013

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