bibol, it's beautiful, natural, juste and sustainable
bibol: a cooperative fair and ecological
At the end of the 70's, Little Moon, a daughter of the Vietnames countryside, was 13 years old. A peasant girl, she left Vietnam alone for France and studied French. In 2006 Little Moon returned home to present her husband to her family. Together, while discovering the land of her youth, an idea took hold: share the traditions of her ancestral craftsmen with the world in a way that respects both the artisans and the environment. And to combine tradition, fair trade and economic growth for the Crafts people.
Bibol, an eco-friendly cooperative was born in 2007
bibol & fair trade
Little Moon started to work in the fields when she was 8 years old. She had experienced herself the misery of small children working like adults. The lack of prospects and a real future motivated Little Moon. She and her husband have been establishing a fairer way to produce bowls made from bamboo.
In exchange of decent wages, the craftsmen practice their art and are committed to
- preventing child labour
- registering their children for school
- preserving the natural resources they use
- limiting CO2 emissions from their labours
They work with clean paints and varnishes - free of solvents or VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
All products are designed for the usage of foodstuff bibol products meet all European, American and Japanese standards for food safety (inside and outside). Moreover they are consistent with the REACH directive.
bibol & ecology
bibol conceives and underlines the ecological & artisanal products in bamboo.
The bamboo is still omnipresent in the Vietnamese culture, ie: in the gastronomy with chopsticks and bamboo shoots and in the architecture (scaffolds, drains, partitions and frames) - while passing by paper and penmanship, clothing and furniture.
Insidiously the plastic and the concrete replace it step by step.
However, bamboo is a resource with undeniable qualities: flexible, solid, resistant, growing quickly, stabilizing the soil and converting CO2. The preservation of its usage is the guarantee of the continuation of its culture.
We gather the Bamboo material only once the natural growth process is terminated. After this, the Bamboo has to be kept for a longer period in flowing water in order to gain its solidity and durability.
The dried Bamboo material is then split into blades, sorted out and finally coiled up to a disk from the outside to the inside. This disk is applied to a mold that will give the respective form to the object. After this, the object is dipped into a fluid natural resin lacquer, dried, fined down and finally sandpapered before receiving its final surface treatment. Right now, 12 families make their life by producing the bibol-objects.
Community & Tradition
Bamboo, like leather or wood, is a noble, natural and alive material. Made by hand with the greatest of care, each object is unique.
Hand crafted according to fair trade rules, each bowl incorporates century's old traditions for a one-of-a-kind piece, displaying slight variations of color or shape.