To honour Earth Day 2015, which falls on April 22, Banyan Tree Gallery has launched its environmentally-conscious The Giving Leaf Collection, a lifestyle range featuring durable bags, pouches, placemats and coasters handcrafted with preserved leaves from the deciduous Tong Tung tree (Dipterocarpus tuberculatus).
Locally, items from the collection will be available at Banyan Tree Gallery Phuket. See end info for contact information.
True to its role as a socially responsible retailer, Banyan Tree Gallery features this collection to promote earth-friendly and sustainable collections to increase environmental awareness. The leaves from the Tong Tung tree, endemic in the forests of Northern Thailand, are highly sustainable and multifunctional.
The leaves can be used as packaging, food wrapping as well as for roof thatching.
The local community from Northern Thailand is actively involved in this gainful endeavour as they provide the materials for this innovative collection. The leaves are gathered from May to September, the period when the trees shed their leaves.
After the leaves are collected, they are processed and dried for many days to protect them from getting mouldy. Then, the leaves are laminated and treated with a waterproof coating to ensure durability and quality before going to production.
The Giving Leaf Collection comprises unique and functional lifestyle accessories which are handcrafted with leave, and are available in Banyan Tree Gallery outlets in Bangkok, Phuket, Bintan, Vabbinfaru and Seychelles.
The range includes a bag (B1350), pencil case (B 450-490), placemat (B690), coaster (B129), cosmetic bag (B 390-590) and ladies’ wallet (B690).
From April 1 to June 30, Banyan Tree Gallery will contribute 5 per cent of the total sales revenue generated from the Earth Day Collection to Banyan Tree Group’s Green Imperative Fund (GIF), which was established in 2002. GIF provides critical financial support to worthy environmental action and community based projects at all Banyan Tree and Angsana properties, such as the Turtle Head Start and Coral Protection and Growth programmes. To give back to the communities supporting its resorts, Banyan Tree conducts regular educational and health enrichment initiatives, and also provides scholarships for primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of education for the underprivileged.
For further information and online purchases, please visit Banyan Tree Gallery’s website at banyantreegallery.com. Banyan Tree Gallery Phuket is open daily from 9am to 10pm, and located at 33 Moo 4 Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, Thalang. Tel 66 76 324 374