We have some awesome news for you! We are partnering with Jasmere, a daily deal site, next week to offer their fans 50% off our online store! They’ll be selling $40 and $80 vouchers for our store at $20 and $40. That’s a 50% discount!

To cash in on this sweet deal, stop by the Jasmere website on Monday June 20th. Don’t worry; you don’t have to be a Jasmere member to get the deal. Just add the voucher to your shopping cart, purchase, and off you go! It’s pretty self-explanatory, but if you have any questions you can email me at caitlin@fivebamboo.com.

Happy shopping, and enjoy the sweet summer sun!

- Caitlin

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After another long day of tennis, my team took the state title! While the day was hugely exciting, it was also nerve-wrecking and exhausting.  It was sad to play my last match ever with my partner, but it was also amazing that our last match got to be the state championships!

Today was also the last day of my bamboo challenge.  After a long drive home, I paired my Mini Skirt with a warm, over-sized sweater and some boat shoes for a casual dinner back in Lakewood.  Now I’m home again and able to reflect on my busy week.

On one hand, it sort of feels like my lifestyle change was so slight that it couldn’t have even made the tiniest difference.  However, on the other hand, I think that there is something to be said for simply being more aware.  This week I was constantly thinking about my actions and the impact that they were making on the world, and that is the first step. You can’t fix a problem if you don’t know it exists.  For that reason, I am proud of myself for taking this challenge, and for becoming more mindful of the world around me.

Thanks for reading, and wear bamboo!

- Natalie

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After two grueling tennis matches, my doubles partner and I were excited to get back to the hotel to relax for a while before dinner.  We went to a nice little Italian restaurant in downtown Yakima.  The food was great, and it was fun to be with the team one last time before our last day together.  I dressed up my Mini Skirt with a white blouse, a belt, and some cowboy boots because I felt like getting into the eastern Washington farm spirit.

I’ve kept the bamboo challenge in my head all day looking for places to be just a little bit nicer to this environment of ours.  I reminded my teammates to recycle their Gatorade bottles, and advised them to avoid plastic bottles if they can.  I also asked my roommates not to have housekeeping bring us new towels tomorrow, and we discussed trying the whole “if it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down” thing, but my teammates weren’t so into that idea.  That’s alright, it was worth a shot.

- Natalie

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After a morning of catching up on work and laundry, my doubles partner came to pick me up for the drive out to eastern Washington.  The bus wasn’t really an option for this ride, so we carpooled out.  Sometimes that’s just the best you can do as far as doing your part.

The ride was long, but we had a lot of fun.  I stayed comfy in my Mini Skirt with a soft sweater, scarf, and boots.  I got several compliments on my outfit, which is always nice when you feel so comfortable that you could practically be wearing your pajamas. =]

- Natalie

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Today was my second day with the Mini Skirt, and I decided to put it to the test. I wanted to see just how versatile that bamboo skirt really was, so I wore it to tennis practice.  It was our last day of practice before the state tournament, so it was an easy day. So granted, I wasn’t running lines or anything, but I would still say that the skirt passed the test! It was comfortable and breathable and just stretchy enough to keep an extra ball inside, (although shorts underneath were a must).

Today was also my second day on the bus which went better than my first.  Besides one overly persistent beggar and the creepy old man who stared at me the entire way back to Lakewood I would say that things went smoothly.

Tomorrow I’m off to Yakima for a weekend of tennis matches, but I’ll still be doing my best to keep on track with my bamboo challenge.  I’ll keep you posted!

- Natalie

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I’m Natalie and I’m an eighteen-year-old, S.U.V. driving, franchise-loving, Starbucks addict.  I’m graduating from high school this spring, and as a culminating project I am doing an internship with my cousins the Titcombs at Five Bamboo.  While I’m here, Five Bamboo has inspired me to not only be more fashionable, but also to be more environmentally friendly.

Not that me and the environment aren’t friends, because we are, really.  But friendship is usually a give and take thing, and I’ve been thinking lately that maybe ours leans a little more towards the take side of things.  The environment says, “Hey Natalie, here’s wood, to build a house and to keep you warm and safe,” and I answer, “Thanks, here’s one inpatient that I planted in my back yard.”  And then the environment is like, “here’s all the food you need to grow strong and here’s a world to play in and pretty things to look at,” and then I say, “Wow, cool! Here’s CO2 fumes and a plastic bottle!”  It’s not like I’m some kind of eco-terrorist or anything, in fact, I’m an avid recycler and I always turn off the sink when I brush my teeth.  But there are still just those little things: small conveniences that we’re all guilty of.

So that’s why I decided to take the Five Bamboo Challenge.  I’m going to pick one Five Bamboo item (the mini-skirt) and wear it five different ways on five different days.  And on those days I will be challenging myself to live more efficiently and cut out of my life the things that I can that harm the environment.  I’ll be blogging here so that you can track my progress.  Let the challenge begin!

Day One: Getting to Know Each Other
My first experience with the Mini Skirt was a good one. We seem to be getting along well, aside from a little mishap involving the cherry falling out of my Roy Rogers. I had an event to go to at the Tacoma Art Museum, so I dressed up the skirt with a black tank top, a sequined sweater, and gold heals. The night included a lot of standing, and I learned that the skirt is comfortable and the heels are not.

As for the environmental side of the challenge, things did not go nearly as well. I had my first one-on-one encounter with the public transportation system in an attempt to save gas on my long Lakewood to Seattle commute.  The trip ended with a police report and a restraining order after a crazy man at the Tacoma Station threatened to kill me. Talk about a bad first impression! But fear not, I will not be discouraged. I won’t judge the entire transit system by one man, so it’s back on the bus for me this afternoon: Take two!

- Natalie

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We’re celebrating spring with a new dress, skirt, and crop leggings! We also have three new colors – Papaya, Imperial Purple, and 1985 Teal. Check out pictures from our recent photo shoot below. We hope you like our new gear!

Elusive Dress in Papaya

Mini Skirt in Imperial Purple and Raspberry Red

Crop Leggings

Artemis Dress in Raspberry Red

Bamboxer Briefs in 1985 Teal

Thanks to Diane, Rohre, and Vehro for being awesome models!

- Caitlin

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We spent our Sunday doing a photo shoot in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The weather was kind of crummy, but we made the most of it!

Thanks to Rohre and Bermie for being such fun, patient models and to Elliott for being our photographer for the day.

Special thanks to all the local businesses – Healeo, Elliott Bay Book Company, Everyday Music, Oddfellows Cafe and Molly Moons – for letting us use their space for our shoot.

Here are a few of our favorite shots!

- Caitlin

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We’ve received quite a bit of press over the past month. Most recently, we were featured on the eco fashion blog Awakened Aesthetic. Jennifer Nicole, the website owner, has a passion for sustainable fashion. She researches and interviews retailers and designers to expose their environmental and social impact – be it ethical or not. Jennifer uses a comprehensive rating system to score each company she reviews. Pretty cool, huh?

Last year Jennifer wrote an article on the pros and cons of bamboo clothing. She did a fabulous job breaking down the differences between chemically and mechanically processed bamboo, and between viscose and lyocell.

When Jennifer agreed to review our products and company we were ecstatic. We love that she takes sustainability seriously, and truly aims to educate consumers about the impact of their clothing purchases.

Jump over to Awakened Aesthetic to read the review of Five Bamboo. Jennifer will be hosting a giveaway later this month for some of our bamboo gear. Keep an eye on her website for the details!

- Caitlin

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The appeal of Hamlet, as a character, has made the play withstand through the ages. Proof? I’m reading it for English class in 2011, almost 400 years after it was written.

While I was reading the play, a couple of lines stood out to me: “This most excellent canopy the air, look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire – why, it appeareth no other thing to me but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours.” Act 2, scene 2) A rough translation into present English would be: “This beautiful canopy we call the sky, this majestic roof woven by golden sunlight, why, it’s nothing more to me than disease-filled air.” Having lived in Beijing, one of the most polluted cities in the world, I have seen with my own eyes, not merely through the hyperbolic words of Hamlet, that the sky is filled with “foul and pestilent [...] vapours.” Once I read these lines I thought “Wow, Shakespeare truly lives on through his words…”

These two lines only skim the surface of how relevant this play is still today, but re-affirmed my belief in studying Shakespeare’s plays despite the difficulty of reading Old English. Any other Shakespeare lines come to mind that speak to our environment’s state today?

-Qxhna

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