Coconut shell bowls by Jungle Culture are sustainably and naturally produced in Ben Tre, a region located in the throngs of the Mekong Delta in Southern Vietnam.
The vast majority of coconuts produced in Ben Tre are harvested for their by-products. Once the coconut milk and meat has been removed, the shells are typically discarded or burned by local villagers. Using the shells to create natural bowls is a practical and environmentally friendly way to utilise existing resources and stop unnecessary burning.
The invention of coconut bowls has also allowed farmers in Ben Tre to make a much needed secondary income, as well as given them the impetus to employ local artists to create carved and patterned bowls.
Jungle Culture is committed to supporting and promoting small and rural manufacturers in developing communities, and we feel proud to be able to create jobs and opportunities for the people living in Ben Tre, whilst also helping in the fight against waste.
Jungle Culture coconut bowls are handpicked by our local agent in Ben Tre who travels between various coconut farms to choose only the thickest and most durable shells, ensuring that only a very small percentage of our bowls are broken in transit. This helps keep the total emissions cost of transporting the bowls to an absolute minimum.
Ben Tre is criss-crossed with small rivers, canals and streams, stemming from the Mekong river. This network of waterways provides an extensive organic irrigation system, allowing local farmers to grow crops with very little external water use.
On the other hand, this also means that the area is susceptible to flooding, with local climate change experts from the university of Can Tho predicting that if sea levels continue to rise, more than 50% of Ben Tre could end up underwater… A grave illustration of how important environmental issues are to this coastal community.
In January 2020 the Jungle Culture team embarked on an origin trip to Ben Tre, the source of our coconut bowls, to see how coconuts are farmed, shaped and transformed into stunning breakfast bowls!
We also took the opportunity to meet some of the farmers and artists responsible for creating coconut bowls. This photo (left) shows one of the local farmers teaching our team the best way to open a coconut!
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Jungle Culture supplies coconut bowls to shops, restaurants and cafes in the UK, EU, US and beyond and we are always searching for more partners who share our values in sustainability and putting people over profit.
Our range of best-selling coconut bowls are available in retail sets, singularly or with accompanying wooden utensils.
In addition to retail ready coconut bowls sets for shops and online businesses, we also offer custom engraved bowls, dispatched from our UK-based design studio.
In order to apply to become an official Jungle Culture wholesaler or stockist, get in touch and one of our Jungle Team members will respond within 24 hours to talk you through the process.
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