Deep rooted backgrounds in African conservation, as well as shared visions for sustainability and a world in which people and animals can co-exist came to light during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Mantis and EcoPlanet Bamboo last month. The executive management teams of both companies, which included Camille Rebelo COO of EcoPlanet Bamboo and Adrian Gardiner CEO of Mantis, met at No5 by Mantis, in Port Elizabeth.
EcoPlanet Bamboo, a leader in the industrialization of bamboo as a commercial fibre through the restoration of degraded land into sustainability certified global bamboo plantations, and Mantis Collection, a family run collection of award winning, privately owned, five star properties located around the world, signed a ground-breaking agreement with far reaching benefits for both the environment and for the global movement towards sustainable tourism.
During the discussions, both companies recognized a shared set of environmental values, inherent in the philosophies and daily operations of each. EcoPlanet Bamboo and Mantis Collection both recognised the necessity to develop business based solutions to contribute to the conservation and preservation of the world’s natural resources and developed business models around a deep culture of operating in a sustainable and responsible manner. Although deeply rooted in South Africa, the agreement has a global and far reaching scope.
EcoPlanet Bamboo has restored thousands of hectares of severely degraded land into sustainably certified bamboo plantations in some of the poorest parts of the globe, while providing secure livelihoods to hundreds of families thereby reducing pressure on surrounding natural resources. However it is the combination of this truly renewable bamboo resource with a commitment to the development and utilization of clean and closed loop technology in the manufacture of a suite of products that aligns itself with the goals and commitments of the Mantis Collection. This innovative group of hotels is working hard to reduce environmental footprints and maximize the positive contribution of each individual hotel across all five continents.
EcoPlanet Bamboo and Mantis are kick starting this long term relationship with the utilization of a unique bamboo charcoal air purifier in all Mantis hotel rooms aimed at improving the quality of indoor air and reducing moisture in humid locations and a specialized bamboo charcoal for the filtration of water, thereby reducing the use of plastic water bottles. Short term commitments are to move the hotel collection’s use of packaging for cosmetics, food and drinks to a renewable and compostable bamboo alternative, while the partnership’s longer term commitment is aimed at the provision of a tree free, deforestation free toilet paper and eventually the utilization of EcoPlanet’s bamboo fiber and clean pulping technology for the production of luxury textiles.
“We are thrilled to be launching this partnership with the Mantis Collection” says EcoPlanet Bamboo CEO Troy Wiseman. “Mr. Gardiner is a pioneer in the conservation of natural resources, and his family run business is an inspiration for any entrepreneur”.