Why bamboo

The Bamboo zao story


Beauty with a conscience

This is an enduring theme that stems from deep within us here at zao, and as such, it runs throughout our entire product line from its humble beginnings as a thought – to every aspect, from the ingredients to the packaging. We pride ourselves on manufacturing sustainably crafted products that leave a low carbon footprint - consciously contributing to our planet’s conservation.
Bamboo has long been revered as a symbol of longevity, strength, tenacity, and flexibility. It has become a prime resource for sustainable beauty in the  zao makeup line. zao employs skilled artisans who combine traditional craftsmanship and design to create packaging that is stylish, elegant and durable.

- Our packaging is made from controlled harvested bamboo.
- We extract powders from the bamboo to obtain  the soft silky texture to our makeup
The leaves and oil are used in all of our products for their beauty and health enhancing qualities.


Renewable and Biodegradable


Plastic and with paper are the most common packaging options, contributing to the waste stream and continued use of fossil fuels. zao  has pioneered the use of bamboo to package and protect our precious products for its beauty and sustainability. As a carbon storage material, it allows zao a cleaner road to a low carbon footprint - in other words: ecological sophistication.

Bamboo is a member of the flowering perennial evergreen plants in the grass family Poaceai. It grows most everywhere in the world, except where it is extremely cold. When it is harvested, it doesn't need to be replanted - it renews itself by regenerating new young shoots from its extensive root system. It grows rapidly, with reported growth rates of 250cm (98in) in 24 hours. This amazing growth speed makes it a carbon capture champion throughout its life cycle.

Bamboo offers one of the quickest ways to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. It pulls CO2 from the atmosphere and turns it into sugars through its photosynthesis process. The sugars are then converted into fiber. Half the weight of bamboo is carbon! In order for it to maximize its role as a carbon sequester mechanism, however, it must be harvested and turned into goods that are sturdy and long lasting, as the carbon is sequestered for the lifetime of product made from it.


It has been used throughout history, in particular in the Asian culture accompanying them from birth to death – from cradle to coffin. It has provided heat, flooring, paper food, music, bed, chairs, hat, shoes, tools, scaffolding and roofing.


The zao bamboo packaging process


- The bamboo used is 4 to 5 years old and 10 cm in diameter.


- Once bamboo is cut, it is split into small planks and tide in bundles for transport.


- At the factory, planks are boiled and processed in heat chambers for color and protection. 



- Planks are then pressed with glue, cut and given the desired shape.