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Native Taiwan
Born in Taiwan, the Taiwan Culture brings up "Betel Life." We insist on the selection of natural materials in Taiwan and combine the aboriginal culture. We took them from hometown, and hope the hometown to be rewarded because of them. Therefore, we innovate new products on the basis of eco-awareness and humanistic concern and embrace ecology with the modesty of reuse.
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About Betel Palm
The history of betel cultivation has been more than 30 years in Taiwan. The major cultivation areas are Nantou, Pingtung, Chiayi, and Hualien. It accompanied Taiwan to go through social changes and generation alternation. In traditional trading patterns, the betel nuts were the most valuable part of betel and the falling betel leaves were regarded as waste. However, in recent years, owing to the current of environmental conservation, the slogan "Cut betel palms, then reforest " came out. It results in a large number of betel palms felled. However, it takes decades to reconstruct and repair and might cause secondary damage to the environment. "Betel Life" rethinks the possibilities of the balance between betel palms and ecological environment. As a result, we tried to define the new value of betel palms from the perspective of recycling.
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原生臺灣
落地生根的本土文化造就了 Betel Life 的誕生。 我們堅持選用臺灣的天然材料,結合在地原住民的傳統文化,取之家鄉,回饋家鄉,在環 保概念的基礎上革新研發,融合人文關懷與友善環境的理念,創造與生態對話的商品,用 再生的質樸擁抱環境生態。
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關於檳榔
在臺灣,傳統檳榔樹的運用,最具經濟價值的為檳榔子,自然掉落的檳榔葉則視為廢棄物。 近年來,一片維護水土保持的聲浪中,「砍檳榔、再造林」的口號致使大量砍伐檳榔樹, 以此維生的農民們失去了生活支柱。然而,砍除後的重建與修護需花上數十年,將造成環 境的二次傷害。我們重新思考檳榔與生態間可能的平衡,從人文關懷與回收再生的視角, 重新定義檳榔的可能。
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New Materials from Falling Leaves
The betel leaves wither two times a year. They contain "arecoline" that has antibacterial and deodorant function. Besides, the leaves could be shaped with moisture and heat. After processing without any anticorrosion and coating, they could be made as natural slippers with spontaneous decomposition. In addition to the surface of slippers were all cut from the natural betel leaves, the base were made by mixture of betel leaves pounders and balata. We try to give rebirth to the value of betel palms and create jobs for farmers at the same time. We dedicate ourselves to take from hometown and reward to it. That's our motivation of building this brand. The betel leaves wither two times a year. They can be made to slippers without any anticorrosion and coating and can be decomposed naturally because of special characteristics. Firstly, betel palms contain "arecoline" that has antibacterial and deodorant functions. Secondly, the leaves could be shaped by moisture and heat. In addition to the surface of slippers were all cut from the natural betel leaves, the base were made by mixture of betel leaves pounders and balata. We try to give rebirth to the value of betel palms and create jobs for farmers at the same time. We dedicate ourselves to take from hometown and reward to it. That's our motivation of building this brand.
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Cultural and Creative Inspiration
The betel palm is an important crop to aborigines in Taiwan. It stands for status and holy sacrifice to Taiwan's aborigines. Therefore, betel palms have profound relationships with Taiwan Aboriginal Culture. Betel Life actively contacts with Atayal who are the best weaving specialists, and invite them to weave the symbols of the "patron saint eye" on behalf of the ancestral spirits- a diamond totem as the main pattern on slippers. Because of the creating processes, the original betel slippers combining with guardian mythology become unique products. We sincerely hope to share the value of reuse to the world and present efforts for Taiwanese culture.
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落葉再生 材質新突破
被視為廢棄物的檳榔葉,一年分兩季掉落,內含的檳榔鹼使葉子擁有抗菌、防臭功用,加 上遇濕氣可自然塑形的特性,在不加以防腐與任何表面塗料的物理加工後,製成可自然分 解的休閒拖鞋,除了鞋面由完整檳榔葉切割、保留其天然紋理、經濕熱加壓後一體成型外, 底座更是以檳榔葉粉末混合天然橡膠而成。我們賦予了檳榔重生的價值,造就了農民工作 機會,取之家鄉,回饋家鄉,是我們創造品牌的動力。
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文化與創意激盪
檳榔為臺灣當地原住民的重要作物,代表著地位與神聖的祭品,因此檳榔與原住民文化有 著密不可分的關係。我們積極與擅長織布的泰雅族人接觸,藉其古老傳承的工藝,一線一 線編織出象徵守護神的「祖靈之眼」-菱形圖騰,為拖鞋帶主要紋飾。原生自然的檳榔拖 鞋,結合守護者的神話色彩,我們創造了獨一無二的商品,期望向世界分享再生的新價值, 為台灣本土文化獻上一份心力。