Ekobo is an eco-responsible company that designs contemporary household products from one of the most rapidly renewable natural resource namely, bamboo. The company’s goal is to develop a sustainable business for artisanal communities by combining design and traditional know-how. This is done in the way of eco courses. With their wide range of elegantly designed products socially and environmentally responsible consumption is encouraged.
Since its inception in 2003, Ekobo has become a brand to reckon with in interior design. Ekobo now offers more than 350 environmentally friendly, fair and aesthetic products that can be used in the entire house.
Ekobo develops products that are contemporary in style but prefers to use the know-how and traditional techniques followed by artisans. In this way, the artisans can practice their original profession while improving their present living conditions.
Skills are divided between specialists from several villages. Some are experts at creating different forms using bamboo and others are proficient in lacquering them.
The Vietnamese particularly have been making bamboo products in this way since ancient times. It takes about 45-60 days of meticulous work in creating each product depending on the complexity of the design.
Ekobo strives to reduce the number of intermediaries like the use of other processing plants, local agents, exporters etc. Instead Ekobo prefers to work directly with the artisan families and creates small workshops in the villages where bamboo is grown. This ensures higher incomes for the craftsmen. Communication with the workers and stringent quality control of the handmade products goes a long way in creating exquisite products with a universal appeal.