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
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.