Julia Washbourne

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Julia Washbourne, Founder of BAMBOA
BAMBOA drinking cup used at sporting events and open water swims
Julia Washbourne is the founder of BAMBOA, a Hong Kong-based company that designs, manufactures and markets contemporary and attractive bamboo products ranging from tableware to lifestyle products to floors, decks and even bamboo fabric. BAMBOA products are sold in Lane Crawford, G.O.D., The Mandarin Oriental Spa Group, The Good Earth, a beautiful retail chain store across India.

The mission of BAMBOA is to provide beautiful products that help rural communities, support local artisans and encourage the use of a sustainable resource. Washbourne believes that beautiful and durable household products should not come at the environment’s expense. All BAMBOA products are made by rural communities, thus providing a livelihood for these communities. A part of the proceeds from selling bamboo products goes to these communities and towards environmental projects, which help protect our earth’s biodiversity and nature.

Founded in 2008, Washbourne is fascinated by bamboo's potential to help alleviate deforestation and poverty in rural areas.



BAMBOA creates beautiful contemporary bamboo products that help rural communities, support local artisans and encourage the use of a sustainable resource.

Its drinking cups were used at the 2012 Sheko Challenge.

Advantages of Bamboo

Bamboo releases 35% more oxygen and grows several times faster than ordinary trees, making the plants a more sustainable raw material.

2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Washbourne was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year award. Her World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads,

Julia Washbourne thinks green in practical ways for the sporting world. With plastic bottles as much a staple at most open water swims as turn buoys, the aquapreneur from Hong Kong has developed a convenient and clever biodegradable line of houseware products that can effectively eliminate plastic bottles from sporting events. Fashionably designed, the Bamboa line of cups can be imprinted with sponsor ads and enable race directors and swimmers to be pro-active in reducing the growing degree of plasticity in the world's oceans. Even without putting on a swimsuit, Washbourne has created a unique opportunity for open water swims to be responsible stewards of the ocean. For her revolutionary solution to help kick-start race directors to go green, for her practical efforts to help reduce plastic usage at swimming events, for her stylish manufacturing of lifestyle products made of bamboo that can help turn the tide against plasticity in the oceans, Julia Washbourne is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

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