Where do our bamboo planks come from?
Where is the bamboo grown?
The bamboo planks for our garden boxes are made there and shipped to the Netherlands.
Why did you choose a Chinese company instead of one in the Netherlands or Europe?
Sure, same goes for us. But, we also know that China is ahead of the game when it comes to some things. Not everything, but in the field of sustainability and CO2 emissions they're working in ways we're not. And they've been doing it for years.
I remember when my mom came back from China - she worked at KLM - and told me that she was almost run over because she couldn't hear the scooters coming. They were almost all electric then. I was maybe 12 years old, so that was a long time ago.
They're ahead of the game when it comes to bamboo too. The best bamboo grows in China, so they have a long history of working with it. They need to too: with that huge population, there's a shortage of wood and other building materials.
Here in Europe, we just don't have that kind of experience with bamboo.
Which is not to say that all bamboo from China is great. Just look at all those so-called 'green' products made from melamine plastic mixed with bamboo fibers.
And, not all bamboo planks are produced with the same care and quality standards.
The company that makes the planks
The company REBO in the city of Nanjing meets all our requirements and is super sustainable across the board.
To give you an example: the glue (Dynea) comes from Finland and the oil they use to process the strips of bamboo comes from Denmark. Both are water and/or plant-based: completely eco-friendly.
Our own workspace
We cut and drill our recycled plastic MM-Hero planks too. And then pack and prepare everything for shipping.
Our bamboo planks are safe
And, the product meets the strictest EU standard available (EN 717 / E1). On top of that, the tests showed that no volatile gases - like formaldehyde - were released into the air.
Other results: the material is non-flammable, non-toxic, super strong, and idiot-proof. For those in the know: the density is 107 N/mm2. Compare that with oak (34 N/mm2) and hardwood (39 N/mm2).
Why did we make a garden box from bamboo?
- Where do the bamboo planks come from?