Be ALAM: Sustainable products available worldwide

Be ALAM is a fully sustainable retail company that delivers eco friendly plastic substitutes, furniture and decoration worldwide.

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Project Description

 

Be ALAM is a company born to contribute to the zero waste movement. If we had to summarize our mission statement in a nutshell, it would be: Bringing sustainable solutions to your door.

At Be ALAM, we source sustainable materials and partner with local Balinese factories to create modern, convenient, affordable yet ethical plastic substitutes, furniture and decoration. We choose and package every product personally and make sure it has a safe journey to our customer's door. 

 

 

¿QUÉ ES BE ALAM?

Be ALAM es una empresa nacida para contribuir al movimiento conocido como “zero waste”, cero residuos. Si tuviéramos que resumir nuestra misión seria: Llevando soluciones sostenibles a tu puerta. 

En Be ALAM, obtenemos materiales sostenibles y nos asociamos con fábricas locales para conseguir alternativas al plástico, muebles y decoración que sean modernos, convenientes, asequibles y éticos. Elegimos y empaquetamos cada producto personalmente y nos aseguramos de que tenga un viaje seguro hacia la puerta de nuestros clientes. 

 

 

 

We are Laia and Susan, co-founders of Be ALAM, Barcelona and San Diego natives who left their corporate careers to embark on an entrepreneurial adventure on the other side of the world. We are highly motivated and passionate, about our project and we are firm believers in the philosophy behind it.

We come from very different backgrounds: Laia has a marketing background and has been working with different foods and travel brands; Susan comes from the legal world and has experience working in a commercial and civil law firm. 

Our different backgrounds complement each other very well and give us a wider perspective, making us the perfect team to start this business.

 

 

¿QUIÉN HAY DETRÁS DE ÉSTE PROYECTO?

Somos Laia y Susan, cofundadoras de Be ALAM, nativas de Barcelona y San Diego. Ambas hemos dejado nuestras carreras profesionales en el mundo corporativo para embarcarnos en una aventura empresarial en el otro lado del mundo. Estamos muy motivadas con nuestro proyecto y creemos firmemente en la filosofía que lo respalda.  

Venimos de mundos profesionales diferentes: Laia tiene experiencia en marketing y ha estado trabajando con diferentes marcas de alimentación y viajes, y Susan proviene del mundo legal, tiene experiencia trabajando en un bufete de abogados especializado en derecho mercantil y civil. 

Nuestros diferentes conocimientos se complementen muy bien y nos dan una perspectiva más amplia, lo que nos convierte en el equipo perfecto para iniciar este negocio. 

 

 

 

We as individuals, believe that everyone can make an impact and make the world a better place to live in. We know it sounds cheesy, but here are some facts:

  • Plastic items can take up to 1000 years to decompose in landfills.

  • Plastic micro particles are getting into the flesh of fish eaten by humans meaning we are now eating plastic.

  • A new study suggests that ingesting even a single piece of plastic can be deadly for sea turtles.

  • The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex, is a growing gyre of marine debris particles in the central North Pacific Ocean.

Now, here are some news headlines:

  • Banning Plastic straws won’t save the ocean, but we should do it anyway (Vox).

  • Hundreds of thousands of sea animals killed each year by discarded bags, lids straws and other plastics. (OceanSentry)

Seeing that, combined with our personal journey to live a plastic free life, we decided it was time to take some action. 

We are conscious of the effect that plastic use and non sustainable materials have in our environment and decided to contribute to the change. We run a fully plastic free business and aim to collaborate with organizations who are working on reducing plastic use locally and worldwide.

 

 

¿CUÁL ES NUESTRA MOTIVACIÓN?

Nosotras, como individuos, creemos que todos podemos tener un impacto y hacer del mundo un lugar mejor. Sabemos que suena cursi, pero aquí hay algunos datos: 

  • Los artículos de plástico pueden tardar hasta 1000 años en descomponerse en los vertederos.

  • Se están encontrando micro-partículas de plástico en peces utilizados para la alimentación, lo que significa que ahora estamos comiendo plástico.

  • Un nuevo estudio sugiere que ingerir incluso una sola pieza de plástico puede ser mortal para las tortugas marinas.

  • El parche de basura del Gran Pacífico, también descrito como el vórtice de la basura del Pacífico, es una mancha creciente de partículas de desechos marinos en el Océano Pacífico norte central.

Y ahora algunos titulares:

  • Prohibir las pajitas de plástico no salvará el océano, pero deberíamos hacerlo de todos modos (Vox).

  • Cientos de miles de animales marinos mueren cada año por bolsas desechadas, pajitas y otros plásticos. (OceanSentry)

Por estos motivos, además de cambiar nuestros hábitos personales para vivir una vida libre del plástico, decidimos que era hora de actuar. 

Somos conscientes del efecto que el uso de plásticos y materiales no sostenibles tiene en nuestro entorno y decidimos contribuir al cambio. Nuestro negocio está totalmente libre de plásticos y nuestro objetivo es colaborar con organizaciones que trabajan para reducir el uso de plásticos a nivel local y mundial. 

 

 

 

All factories and suppliers we partner with, are personally visited by us and we ensure all of them follow legal regulations. Our business is transparent and accountable and run by the fair trade principles with full respect for the environment and committed to gender equality, non discrimination and fair prices across the whole of production and supply.

Be ALAM's philosophy circles around 5 core values:

  1. SUSTAINABILITY - Working with sustainable materials and reducing the use of plastic worldwide is not only a key value to our business but also a key objective.  

  2. ETHICS - From our materials to our suppliers, workers, packaging etc, we work daily to ensure we follow clear ethics principles.

  3. INTEGRITY - We believe there are no moral shortcuts.

  4. INNOVATION - We are committed to introduce new products to the market.

  5. DRIVE - We are determined to contribute to the movement and empower our customers to take a step further in the right direction.

Our business and it success lies with the above values which we intend to respect and follow over the years. These will translate in all our products but also in each and every level of the business such as collaborations, packaging, factories, suppliers and more. 

 

 

¿CUÁLES SON NUESTROS VALORES?

Visitamos personalmente todas las fábricas y los proveedores con los que trabajamos y nos aseguramos de que todos cumplan con las regulaciones legales. Nuestro negocio es transparente, responsable y se rige por los principios del comercio justo, respetando el medio ambiente y comprometido con la igualdad de género, la no discriminación y los precios justos, tanto en el proceso de producción como en el suministro. 

La filosofía de Be ALAM gira alrededor de 5 valores fundamentales:

  1. SOSTENIBILIDAD: Trabajar con materiales sostenibles para reducir el uso del plástico a nivel global, no solo es un valor clave para nuestro negocio, sino también nuestro objetivo principal.

  2. ÉTICA: Trabajamos a diario para garantizar que seguimos principios de ética claros, en todos los aspectos de nuestro negocio: materiales, proveedores, trabajadores, etc.

  3. INTEGRIDAD - No creemos en los atajos morales.

  4. INNOVACIÓN - Nos comprometemos a introducir nuevos productos en el mercado.

  5. EMPUJE: Estamos decididos a contribuir al movimiento y a capacitar a nuestros clientes para que den un paso más en la dirección correcta.

Nuestro negocio y su éxito radican en los valores anteriores que pretendemos respetar y seguir a lo largo de los años. Éstos se verán reflejados en todos nuestros productos, pero también en todos y cada uno de los niveles del negocio, tales como colaboraciones, fábricas, proveedores y demás. 

 

 

 

The funds we raise will be divided into; the legal costs of setting up a limited liability company and registering our brand, marketing and branding, our social media and digital presence, making sure we find the perfect products and suppliers and setting up our online store.   

 

 

¿EN QUÉ INVERTIREMOS LOS FONDOS?

Los fondos que recaudemos se dividirán en: los costes de constitución de una sociedad limitada y el registro de nuestra marca, marketing e imagen, redes sociales y presencia digital, asegurarnos de encontrar los productos y proveedores perfectos y en configurar nuestra tienda online. 

 

 

 

 

Gracias por tu apoyo y por formar parte de este movimiento.

Agradecemos de todo corazón cada contribución.

Nos complace darte la bienvenida a la comunidad Be ALAM!

 

MUCHAS GRACIAS!

Updates

The Project FAQs

  • What does Be ALAM mean? 

The word "alam" means nature in Malay, when we came up with the idea it just seemed to be the perfect fit for our project. 

 

  • What is the Be ALAM community? 

Our goal for this project, besides making sustainable alternatives available to our customers, is to help grow awareness on plastic pollution and to share our personal journey to a zero waste lifestyle, we do that through our blog, where we share our thoughts on related topics and tips that we have learned. 

 

  • What products will you sell? 

We plan to have three categories of products; reusable plastic substitutes (for example bamboo straws, coconut bowls, teak cutlery), home decorations (like table matts, mirrors, beaded boxes) and furniture (we will start with rope hammocks and swings and smaller items)

 

  • How will you ensure that your products are sustainable? 

We work really hard on finding the perfect suppliers and personally check the factories of our manufacturers, we do not only focus on the materials used (bamboo, coconut shells and teak wood among others) but also make sure that the employees' conditions are up to our standards. 

 

  • How will you counter your carbon footprint? 

The carbon emissions will be offset through a voluntary carbon tax. A carbon tax is a way to have users of carbon fuels pay for the climate damage caused by releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

 

  • Is there a real market for sustainable products? 

Without a doubt! Sustainability and eco-consciousness are a growing social movement and with it so is the market for sustainable products. In fact, according to a study done by Deloitte, there are four key factors young customers look for when they are shopping and one of them is sustainability (customer service omnichannel and quality are the other three). 

 

02/18/2019
Sustainable table for two
$85
02/18/2019
Zero waste for beginners
$30
Rach
02/17/2019
Zero waste for beginners
$30
Valentina
02/17/2019
Monetary Contribution
$30
Javi
02/13/2019
Set of sustainable armchairs
$600
Onur Z.
02/11/2019
Sustainable table for two
$85
Sameer Dhiman
02/11/2019
Sustainable table for two
$85
02/11/2019
Sustainable table for two
$85
walker
02/10/2019
Sustainable hammock
$170
02/10/2019
Monetary Contribution
$2
Monetary Contribution

Feel free to donate any quantity you feel comfortable with in exchange for good karma and our most sincere gratitude. 

We'll give a social media shout out to all of you!

 

DONATIVO ABIERTO

Puedes hacer la contribución monetaria que te vaya mejor a cambio de buen karma y nuestra más sincera gratitud. 

2 Supporters
Contribute
$30
Zero waste for beginners

This kit gives you the essentials you need to start a waste free life. Included you can find;

  • Bamboo straw,
  • Wooden cutlery set,
  • Bamboo fan 
2 Supporters
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$60
Zero waste kitchen kit

Want to eradicate plastic from your home? Why not start in your kitchen? In this kit, you'll get:

  • Reusable groceries bag 
  • Net mesh dome platter to enclose food
  • Teak salad spoon and fork
  • Bamboo cutting board
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$85
Sustainable table for two

All you need at home to set the table for a nice dinner for two: 

  • 2 Bamboo table mats,
  • 2 Coconut bowls,
  • 2 Teak cutlery sets,
  • 2 Bamboo straws
4 Supporters
Select this reward
$120
Sustainable swing

The perfect rope swing for your home. Not only the kids can enjoy it but also the adults!

0 Supporters
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$170
Sustainable hammock

Perfect rope hammock to relax in your garden, balcony, terrace... Basically anywhere you can hang it from!

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$400
Set of sustainable armchairs

Get two beautiful and resistant bamboo armchairs.

1 Supporter
Select this reward

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Feel free to donate any quantity you feel comfortable with in exchange for good karma and our most sincere gratitude. 

We'll give a social media shout out to all of you!

 

DONATIVO ABIERTO

Puedes hacer la contribución monetaria que te vaya mejor a cambio de buen karma y nuestra más sincera gratitud. 

2 Supporters
Contribute
$30
Zero waste for beginners

This kit gives you the essentials you need to start a waste free life. Included you can find;

  • Bamboo straw,
  • Wooden cutlery set,
  • Bamboo fan 
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$60
Zero waste kitchen kit

Want to eradicate plastic from your home? Why not start in your kitchen? In this kit, you'll get:

  • Reusable groceries bag 
  • Net mesh dome platter to enclose food
  • Teak salad spoon and fork
  • Bamboo cutting board
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$85
Sustainable table for two

All you need at home to set the table for a nice dinner for two: 

  • 2 Bamboo table mats,
  • 2 Coconut bowls,
  • 2 Teak cutlery sets,
  • 2 Bamboo straws
4 Supporters
Select this reward
$120
Sustainable swing

The perfect rope swing for your home. Not only the kids can enjoy it but also the adults!

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$170
Sustainable hammock

Perfect rope hammock to relax in your garden, balcony, terrace... Basically anywhere you can hang it from!

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$400
Set of sustainable armchairs

Get two beautiful and resistant bamboo armchairs.

1 Supporter
Select this reward