Entrepreneurs and founders of IbuBumi Bali
Focusing on reducing plastic and chemical pollution in the home, we used all of our Ibu power for the good of our beautiful world.
Tell us your story – how did you get here?
Entrepreneurs, friends and mothers, we – Annette Ratman and Jane Swinson – hatched the idea of IbuBumi on one of our many many Bali beach walks. One particular day was a disaster day: the beach was no longer visible, it was completely covered with rubbish and strewn for as far as the eye could see. Decisions were made and ideas were forged. IbuBumi was finally born, driven by a desire to return to Mother Earth’s natural roots by bringing back traditional methods and products used by our earlier generations – methods that tread lightly on our precious ecosystem.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
We hit the ground running with eco ideas all based on the concept of caring for this rock we habitate, Mother Earth. Lerak forests were planted, bee hives were set up, coconut husk-based cleaning items were locally sourced, environmentally minded chemists were hired and our home, hair and body care range was launched. Focusing on reducing plastic and chemical pollution in the home, we used all of our Ibu power for the good of our beautiful world. The result? Our team of energetic, eco-minded women create products to support Mother Earth’s survival.
What impact have you made in Bali?
Our eco friendly, sustainable, locally sourced, chemical free products contribute towards an easy, green living island lifestyle. Supporting the need to conserve nature’s resources, our aim is to provide products that tread lightly within our invaluable ecosystems: air, water and land.
What does 2022 look like for you?
Our daily mantra is to lead the charge towards a cleaner world. This means we’ll be working hard in our holistic factory and experimental test kitchen, we’ll be busy running up a mountain of new ideas to tackle environmentally friendly skin care, body, home and pet products, and ultimately, striving toward a more sustainable world.
What do you love most about Bali?
It’s a place that draws inspiration. We are inspired daily with Bali’s riotous canvas of colours, aromas and smiles. Everywhere you wander you are able to experience creativity and inspiration: be it sunrises or sunsets, the mountain forests or the sandy beaches. the colourful corals and marvellous marine life, the ceremonies, heady incense, and the communities. We love calling Bali home.
What's one thing everyone can do to protect our home planet?
The time is now to start questioning what we are buying and how we use products. What is it doing to the environment? Our health? Our waterways? Become an earth conscious consumer. Read labels, understand the ingredients and how they impact our environment. Avoid plastic packaging. Be aware of what you throw out and where that rubbish ends up. Reuse! Recycle! Compost!
Who is your Local Legend and why?
Sungai Watch. The tireless River Warriors whose mission is to stop plastic from entering the ocean. They collect, sort and upcycle in Bali and Java, expanding fast as it is needed. They work within the local communities, educating and encouraging better waste management. Their Waste Management report is an invaluable document. They are counting and coding where the most branded plastic waste is originating. Danone is on the top of that list, the parent company of Aqua. Sungai Watch reports their findings to these companies in the hopes of stimulating constructive conversations and solutions to solve this massive plastic problem.
Our customers are also our Local Legends. We love our supporting peeps as they all share our vision of improving their eco-lifestyle, big or small, by making good eco conscious decisions. They care for our future.