John Elias founded Do Bamboo and has always considered himself an environmentalist.
Looking to start his own business in 2006, he stumbled across an article about
the benefits of bamboo. "I wanted to get passionate and really believe in the
products I was selling," John recalls. "Bamboo is environmentally friendly and
it brings comfort to people. It was a win/win opportunity."
"Nothing feels as good as bamboo,"
says John. "It is naturally breathable, boasts antibacterial qualities, wicks
moisture away from the skin and helps to regulate body temperature. And because
it washes and wears like cotton but feels like silk, you'll never be satisfied
with anything else once you've tried bamboo."
Currently Do Bamboo is a web based business. The
company began by selling via the internet and consumer shows. Do Bamboo
opened its first "bricks and mortar" store July 2009, on Coxwell Ave.
and in 2011 moved to a bigger location on Danforth Ave. in Toronto. On
December 31, 2012 Do Bamboo closed its physical location but continues to serve
customers via their website.
Bamboo is good for you
Ready for harvesting in just 10 years,
bamboo is a grass that grows fast and regenerates naturally, without the use of
pesticides. Hardy and versatile, bamboo doesn't require irrigation or heavy
tilling, which makes it a much better environmental choice than commercial
cotton. According to statistics, cotton is heavily water dependent - accounting for 2.4 per cent of the world's consumption
- and at 1/3 of a pound
of pesticide per cotton T-shirt, it has cornered 25 per cent of the global
pesticide market. Next time you're shopping for bedding, bath products and
apparel, do bamboo. It's good for you and the planet.
Some publicity Do Bamboo has received:
April 18, 2009 Toronto Star article by Vicky Sanderson newspaper click
June 13, 2007 Toronto Star article by Robyn Doolittle click
here to read.
In 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 donations were made to individuals with disabilities by giving to Variety
Company Vision Statement
"Supply fairly priced quality products made with
renewable, sustainable bamboo while maintaining a superb level of customer
service & satisfaction.
Improve personal comfort & integration of bamboo products in daily life,
source locally made products when possible, maintain a high degree of transparency
Be the best retailer of bamboo based apparel, bedding & bath products."