Eco Planet Bam­boo

Tourism Tattler - - EDITORIAL -

EcoPlanet Bam­boo rep­re­sents the first suc­cess­ful and the only sus­tain­abil­ity cer­ti­fied com­mer­cial bam­boo farms in Africa and has set the plat­form for cer­ti­fied bam­boo to pro­vide a vi­able tree-free, triple bot­tom line so­lu­tion to Africa’s de­for­esta­tion cri­sis. With com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions in South Africa, Ghana & a small­holder ex­pan­sion in East Africa un­der­way, EcoPlanet Bam­boo is lead­ing the way for the tourism in­dus­try and oth­ers to be­come truly de­for­esta­tion free.

EcoPlanet Bam­boo has suc­cess­fully re­stored more than 15,000 acres glob­ally through the con­ver­sion of se­verely de­graded land into bam­boo forests that pro­vide a suite of ecosys­tem ser­vices as well as the cre­ation of more than 750 em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

In South Africa, EcoPlanet Bam­boo chose an area in the Eastern Cape where chem­i­cally heavy com­mer­cial agri­cul­ture had left soils de­nuded and the de­cline of the pineap­ple in­dus­try had left com­mu­ni­ties with high rates of unem­ploy­ment. Since 2012 the com­pany has owned, de­vel­oped & op­er­ated the Kowie Bam­boo Farm, rep­re­sent­ing South Africa's first suc­cess­ful com­mer­cial bam­boo op­er­a­tion with an in­vest­ment of more than US$5 mil­lion. The Kowie Bam­boo Farm is the first African bam­boo op­er­a­tion to achieve cer­ti­fi­ca­tion un­der the For­est Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil & has be­come a global show­case of land­scape restora­tion.

EcoPlanet Bam­boo is de­signed to pro­vide the raw re­source & an in­no­va­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing so­lu­tion to in­dus­tries, al­low­ing them to switch to tree free, de­for­esta­tion free prod­ucts across a range of sec­tors. In South Africa, the bam­boo farm has been de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with on­site man­u­fac­tur­ing by the com­pany's sub­sidiary, EcoPlanet Core Car­bon, with prod­uct de­vel­op­ment guided by a full R&D cen­tre, EPB Lab­o­ra­to­ries. The bam­boo from the farm is man­u­fac­tured on site into a range of spe­cial­ity car­bonized prod­ucts for wa­ter and air pu­rifi­ca­tion. Other ap­pli­ca­tions for the sus­tain­able tourism & ho­tel in­dus­try in­clude a re­new­able & com­postable bam­boo al­ter­na­tive for the grow­ing mar­ket for dis­pos­able table­ware and take away food & drink pack­ag­ing and with a range of side prod­ucts in­clud­ing bam­boo essen­tial oils for cos­met­ics. We are proud to be launch­ing our prod­ucts through our part­ner­ship with the Man­tis Col­lec­tion (see page 07).

The com­pany's long term vi­sion from its larger op­er­a­tions is to­wards the pro­duc­tion of a clean, de­for­esta­tion-free toi­let paper, and lux­ury tex­tiles.

by World Bam­boo Or­ga­ni­za­tion 18 Septem­ber 2017

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