We (Jamie & Chris) met whilst at one of life’s intersections. We were travelling in a small and beautiful town in central Mexico, named San Miguel de Allende. Both of us had recently left our jobs and our lives in the UK behind, in search of something more fulfilling, and a way to create a positive impact in the world.
A sudden change of circumstances meant that we drifted off in separate directions, but kept in contact until we were reunited in Vietnam where the idea for Jungle Culture found it’s roots.
We were both in awe of the abundance of natural products in Vietnam, which came as a stark contrast to our hometowns in the UK, where plastic waste was a perpetual problem.
So we decided to found Jungle Straws & later Jungle Culture. Brands that are dedicated to tackling the problem of waste by bringing high-quality and skilfully crafted natural products to the Western world.
Jungle Culture is keeping things simple. We don’t work with distributors and middle-men. Everything we make is sourced the long way…. We visit every farm and factory personally and pride ourselves on creating meaningful relationships with our manufacturing partners.
When you buy our products, the money that you spend ensures work opportunities and security for people in some of the Vietnam’s most impoverished communities.
Want to see where your product is made? Visit our Youtube channel and find out how your product began it’s life!
Being ethical doesn’t have to mean being expensive. Our goal is to reduce waste as much as we can, and part of that commitment is making our products accessible to everyone. This means that we spend a lot of time reducing our costs and simplifying our business.
No bells & whistles, just quality, ethical products designed with love and hard work.
Jungle Culture means giving back to the people and places that influenced and helped build our company. In Europe and the US we are very privileged and we believe that with a positive mindset and a desire for change that businesses become low waste and eradicate single-use plastics.
But in Vietnam and many other countries around the world, the problem is more difficult to tackle. This is because the added cost of going plastic-free inhibits local businesses from making the switch. This is why we donate engraved bamboo straws to 10 new restaurants every month here in Vietnam. Our aim is to increase this figure to 100 restaurants a month by the end of 2020.