Panda eating bamboo

Edgar’s Blog: Bamboo, good for you?

Bamboo is special, very special!

Did you know that bamboo can grow really fast? Certain species can grow 91 cm within 24 hours, that is almost 4 cm an hour! The tallest stem ever measured was 50 meters high. Another cool fact about bamboo is that is grows in a lot of different climates. Often it’s being called a tree, never the less it is a type of grass. Giant bamboos are the largest members of the grass family. Bamboo is an economic and cultural icon in the Southeast of Asia, being used for building materials, food, and as a replacement for wood. This interesting type of grass is one of the most multipurpose natural material in the world. Just think about it, Panda’s eat Bamboo all day long yet in the western countries you see youngsters with Bamboo smartphone covers

One thing is certain, Bamboos are awesome! That is why I was keen to work with this material and looked at all sorts of options. Alongside this idea I was also looking for a stronger Tea Thermos bottle then the glass one you know from my webshop. Some of you were looking for a travel friendlier variation and it is finally here! Together with our producer I looked for the same features as on the glass thermos bottle. We came with a aluminium inside and a Bamboo outside. Bamboo has a higher specific compressive strength than wood, brick, or concrete and a specific tensile strength that rivals steel. So this might be one of the strongest Tea Thermos bottles out there! Inside the bottle you will find the same filter basket as in my glass thermos bottle. The basket works great for fine leave teas while you can also only use the top part of the filter for bigger leave tea. With this new bottle having it a aluminium inside it will keep you tea hot for an even longer period. It can keep you tea hot up to five hours! Of course it will cool down a bit quicker is you open it a few times.

Have a look at my new Bamboo Tea Thermos bottle!

Get €5,- off with this coupon: Bamblog

Tulip fields Netherlands global perspective

Edgar’s Blog: global perspective

Do you have a global perspective?

Last April the world population reached the 7.5 billion people. These people are spread out over 195 countries and 510 billion square kilometers. Which comes down to 68 square kilometers per person, yet moste of use live on 68 square meters. Of course it doesn’t make sense to own so much land, water or ice. But what does matter is going out of your living space! How can you have a global perspective if you haven’t seen a lot of the world?

All 7.5 billion of you humans are stuck on this round globe called earth, why not explore the most of it! Exploring the world is one of the most valued things to do. As a turtle, travelling is in my nature, from the moment I was born. I was born on a gorgeous white beach with clear blue water. I waddled across this beautiful beach and dove in the first big wave that rolled on the beach. After been flushed back on the sand a few times I finely made it in to deeper water. Together with my brothers and sisters we swam into the ocean. While they went back to their birthplace I decided to explore more of the world. Countries like Sri Lanka, China, Japan and America were amazing but I was most intrigued by Rotterdam. Those huge buildings along the river with so many people cycling along and over water was just bizar.

Travelling really gave me a different perspective on the world. Everywhere I came people were nice and friendly. Like it was one big family, I suppose you are. Seeing so many different cultures, landscapes and climates makes you appreciate the small things in life. It might be tempting to visit the other side of the world but I learned that there are also beautiful places nearby. In China I saw European people, in Europe Chinees, In Sri Lanka Chinees and European and in America people from all around the world. Funny how this works, the grass is always greener on the other side right? If you travel all over the world you should definitely do so. If you can’t, remember that there are people travelling from all over the world to look at those beautiful tulip fields you see every day while going to work.

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Edgar’s blog: A true Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

Ever been wrongly influenced by appearances?

Christmas Eve 2015, 19:00uur  walking across the Schouwbergplein in the centre of Rotterdam, cold, dark,  a little wet and slippery from the rain earlier in the day but I was full of Christmas spirit. A drenched and lost figure comes up to me and asks if I would like to buy two newspapers for the homeless? “Why two?” I asked suspiciously. “Because two means that I have enough money to spend  tonight  and Christmas day in the centre for the homeless” the forlorn figure said.

He went on “it is warm there, I can enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner  and watch some movies. For one day I am not alone.”

My first reaction when this man approached me was “fright”. He looked fierce and threatening. While talking to him I realised that he was not fierce or threatening, it was just the way he was living that gave him this appearance. For the first time it also dawned on me that homeless people like to spend Christmas in company just like other peeps.

I gave the chap the money for two papers but did not take the papers.

Two days later, a man came running up to me. I hardly recognized him but for sure it was the same man. ” Hi ” he said. ” Thanks for the help, I had a really nice time at the refuge. I also managed to sell the other two papers so that meant I could stay for two nights. I had a wash & shave and feel a lot better now. Thanks, I wish you lots of luck.”

I walk regularly in the same place but have not seen the man since, I hope he is doing well.

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Edgar’s blog: Save turtles from the nets

Turtles die every year when accidentally caught in fishing nets

My relatives have covered vast distances across the world’s oceans, filling a vital role in the balance of marine habitats for more than 100 million years.

Hundreds of thousands of turtles are accidentally caught and die in fishing gear every year

Many of these injuries and deaths take place while my friends are migrating through fishing areas. The turtles, attracted to the bait, get caught on the hooks used to catch fish.

While all sea turtles are affected by commercial fisheries. Loggerheads and leatherbacks have the greatest risk because of their feeding habitats.

Watch the video to see just what I am talking about.

How can you help?

  1. Pledge to buy seafood that’s certified as being sustainable and urge stores and restaurants to carry certified fish.
  2. Support Marine Eco Tourism when you are on holiday. Just like our Friends at Kosgoda in Sri Lanka.
  3. Make a good buy when travelling.Think twice and ask at least a few questions before buying that tortoiseshell souvenir, coral jewelery or snakeskin belt.

Interesting links: WWF

Watch this video I shared on Facebook.

Cheers Edgar

Baby green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) swimming away from the beach.  An endangered species.  Maldives

Edgar’s blog: Let’s work together and save turtles

Hi Peeps,

Just got back from a fantastic biz trip to the island known as “the jewel of the Indian ocean”, Sri Lanka.

It is hot! Lot’s of exciting things going on down there. I could tell you loads but I wanna just zoom in on something which is very important to me. A team of peeps who are doing great work.

That is the team of Santha Fernando at the Kosgoda Turtle Care Program. Sea turtles are endangered species world wide due to human lifestyle and activities. Santha and his team work hard as the Kosgoda centre. Their aim “to protect sea turtle eggs and improve hatching rates”.

They work hard not only saving the turtle eggs but also helping turtles which have become tangled in fishing nets and the like.

The work at Kosgoda Turtle Care Program is all privately funded.

If you feel as much love for turtles as I do and want to help this super team of humans, then when you buy my products, type in “Kosgoda” as your purchase coupon and I will make a donation for every purchase made by you to our friends in Kosgoda.

And don’t forget, if you are on holiday in Sri Lanka, drop in and see the work they are doing.

If you have time, donate a couple of days and help them out.

Let’s work together and save the turtles.

Cheers to you all,

Edgar