At its core, design is about finding a better way forward and improving quality of life. By focusing on the end users and the environment in which they live, we can tackle the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
bamboo labs is having a tangible impact on the UN SDGs and addressing the challenges arising from rapid urbanization as it works to ensure a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable city for the future.
Our work has a direct impact on seven UN SDGs.
End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
Ethiopia has no national minimum wage. For reference, some government institutions and public enterprises set their own minimum wages: public sector employees, the largest group of wage earners, earned a monthly minimum wage of 420 birr ($21).
bamboo labs is working to create sustainable jobs and promote equality through the supply chain process and manufacturing of a bamboo transport systems.
Good Health and Well-being
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable development.
bamboo lab is working to increase more accessible, affordable, and sustainable mobility across Addis Ababa that will decrease environmental impacts caused by cars, and increase the health and well-being for all with exercise.
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
Almost 50 percent of the Ethiopian highlands are eroded, with declining productivity costing Ethiopia 2 percent to 3 percent of its annual agricultural GDP.
bamboo labs is working with local farmers to grow bamboo to reduces soil erosion and increases bio-diversity. This means farmers can earn additional income from land that would otherwise have not generated income.
Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs.
bamboo labs is creating jobs in rural Ethiopia and the heart of Addis Ababa. As an Ethiopian enterprise we are proud to manufacture and source 75% of our product in country.
Reduce inequality within and among countries.
Ethiopia has made significant strides towards lifting people out of poverty. However, inequality for women still persists and large disparities remain, regarding access to health and education services and other assets.
bamboo labs is working to make mobility more accessible thus leaving no one behind.
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
One of the greatest challenges we faced is to integrate environmental sustainability with economic growth and welfare by decoupling environmental degradation from economic growth and doing more with less. Our products have a very low material footprint consisting of mostly bamboo, sisal fabric and eco-resin all found within the local economy.
Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.
Ethiopia possessed the largest area of bamboo in East Africa. Through our close relationship with farmers, we encourage bamboo planting as part of our agro-forestry program which supports bio-diversity and prevents erosion.