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5000 year old Khmu culture links modern world to its reusable, sustainable, stretchable, homemade bag, amazingly made from wild-growing JungleVine™. Privately funded poverty reduction project turns an ancient tool into a superior organic carrying device for modern green living. Insightful camerawork and brilliant editing by a professional volunteer capture mountainside living in breathtaking Northern Laos The attractive Khmu ethnic group is featured. Some live without money surviving by gathering food, medicine and fiber high in remote mountain forests, which is the reason for the sturdy bags.. Using hands and a leg to transform JungleVine™ fiber into super-strong cord is the highlight of the story. Much of the bag making was captured at a performance by Khmu women wearing traditional festival clothing. Costarring are charming children and village animals. In addition to the bag making, actual use of the bags is shown in most Laotian scenes and as well as in images captured in North American and Europe.
July 12, 2012: Organic-Please reviews Nature Bag! Not only are the bags organic, sustainable, eco-friendly, biodegradable and stain resistant. They also support an anti poverty project! So many karma points.
February 15, 2008: Nine minute documentary showing the poorest indigenous Asians making eco-friendly reusable bags from wild-growing JungleVine®. The biodegradable bags are beautiful, versatile, stretchable, minimalistic, eco-friendly and an example of sustainable style. The miraculous cord made from JungleVine® is incredibly strong, durable and gently grips its cargo to protect it. The Nature Bag Khmu/Lao Poverty Reduction Project describes them as Earth's Greenest Bag because their wild-growing material is gathered by hand, they are made at home allowing good child nurturing and preservation of traditional life without the wasteful practice of commuting, they decompose releasing captured carbon into the soil after being buried (if they should ever wear out) and they weigh virtually nothing so that worldwide distribution requires minuscule fossil-sourced energy. Their vegan production and use is close to carbon-neutral because the JungleVine® removes carbon gases from the atmosphere as it grows while emitting oxygen to breathe.
Video was made in northern Laos, a day's journey from Luang Prabang the ancient UNESCO World Heritage City.