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JungleVine® Fabric Is More Than an Exfoliant

The Nature Bag Khmu/Lao Poverty Reduction Project learned several months ago that its JungleVine® fabric traditionally has been used as an organic skincare product in northern Japan.  Responding to our article in last month’s newsletter, several readers suggested that JungleVine® on the skin probably was acting as an exfoliant. An exfoliant removes dead cells from the skin surface. An exfoliant textile uses a mild abrasive action in the process. The luffa (also spelled loofa) sponge, from the interior of varieties of the luffa gourd, is the most widely-known non-chemical exfoliant. Without doubt exfoliation is a natural result of using JungleVine® for skincare.  Usually the fabric is dampened or used in the shower/bath similar to a sponge.  Using it dry increases...

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Earth’s Greenest Bag™ Searches for Artisans

  Volunteer Sack is on a 6 week trip through 3 Laotian provinces to identify villages where the skill to make Earth’s Greenest Bag™ still exists. “I am trying to anticipate the need for increased bag production as global demand grows,” said Sack from Houay Xay, on the Lao/Thailand border.  “My journey will take me into remote areas ordinarily accessible only to Khmu people,” he said.                 Already there was enormous pay-off during the first week when Sack located people who had worked with Khmu villages on producing handicrafts nearly 15 years ago.  They were able to provide much information about distant villages so that he could plan his itinerary. “The timing of my trip is critical because many villages...

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The Importance Of Insects

'Teach them to love the insects'   When the Dalai Lama was asked the most important thing to teach children, his response was (reportedly) "teach them to love the insects". It's not uncommon to fear or loathe insects and "creepy crawlies". It's not an instinctive thing; rather learned behavior in many cases. Just as beauty among humans is often perceived based on what society dictates rather than the eye of the beholder, so to is it in regard to other creatures on our planet. Our views may also be shaped through limited experiences with a species. I remember seeing an experiment many years ago where a harmless spider was placed in the presence of a mother and very young child....

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JungleVine® Fabric Used in Japan as Organic Skin Conditioner

  Our retailer in Singapore, Kanga Organics, is testing JungleVine® fabric as an organic skin conditioner.  Our new volunteer Vandara (see the below article) has brought us exciting news that the fabric of the Earth's Greenest Bag has been used in areas of northern Japan to make aging skin young, blemished skin smooth and dry skin naturally moist. Vandara uses the miraculous ancient fabric regularly, and her skin is as beautiful as we’ve seen.  Several other volunteers are experimenting to see what results they experience. Its use can be as simple as rubbing it against the skin for a few minutes daily. Vivian H Ramirez Volunteer/Editor

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“Green” on the Go...with Style!

  No matter who you are, we all end up having too much to carry with us.  When choosing a purse, grocery sack or tote bag, there are few options out there where we can really “know” what they’re made of, let alone who made them and if they are eco-friendly too. Nature Bag gives you the durability and style wanted in a carry along bag with the added benefit of knowing we are aiding the environment and helping to reduce poverty. Unique in style, structure and shape, Nature Bag is homemade from wild-growing JungleVine® fiber in Laos and is completely bio-degradable.  Lightweight yet strong and remarkably versatile, Nature Bag definitely makes a “green” statement.    The  Nature Bag website goes into great detail about...

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