Like many an eco-conscious designer, jewelry maker John Hardy has been much beguiled by bamboo's versatility. But his love for the fast-growing grass isn't only expressed in his line of luxury, hand-crafted creations: Last year, the Bali-based Hardy launched an effort to reforest the Indonesian island of Nusa Penida by planting an abundance of bamboo.

To help fund his efforts, the designer is offering a limited-edition collection of silver bracelets, bangles and earrings treasures, from which 10 percent of the proceeds will go toward the planting of bamboo.  The collection's priciest piece (a $795 cuff) will provide nearly 30 seedlings for Nusa Penida.

Story by Lisa Stasiulewicz. This article originally appeared in Plenty in May 2007. This story was added to in September 2009.

Copyright Environ Press 2007

Buy bamboo, he plants bamboo
Designer John Hardy offers silver jewelry, of which a portion of proceeds go toward the planting of bamboo on an Indonesian island.