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EcoPlanet Bamboo is a bamboo plantation company. EcoPlanet Laboratories is the R&D investment of the company. Both EcoPlanet Bamboo & EcoPlanet Laboratories were founded by serial entrepreneur Troy Wiseman, and bamboo plantation expert Camille Rebelo.


​​​​© 2018 EPB Laboratories  Troy Wiseman Camille Rebelo EcoPlanet Bamboo Investments

EPB Laboratories is a wholly owned subsidiary of EcoPlanet Bamboo Group LLC.

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Bamboo Shisha (Hookah) Coals - A Fine Art

December 16, 2018

In 2017, following a detailed global market analysis undertaken for us by Open Capital Advisors EcoPlanet Laboratories in partnership with the Kowie Bamboo Farm, began the research and development process for the production of a specialized shisha or hookah coal, beginning first with a eucalyptus feedstock and subsequently moving to bamboo. Initial web based research indicated that all that was needed to create this product was to crush a good charcoal, mix it with a binder, and put it into a mould, and low and behold you'd have a beautiful shisha coal.


How misleading this information was!


The process of getting a shisha or hookah coal is a fine and delicate art. This product represents a fine balance between multiple aspects, including but not limited to:

  • The quality of the charcoal determined through its fixed carbon content;

  • The inherent ash and volatile content of the charcoal fines;

  • The exact pore size to which the charcoal fines are ground and the resulting surface area;

  • The moisture content;

  • The fine blend of additives needed to combine easy lighting with a long lasting coal;

  • The temperature and time at which the shisha coal is baked to hold it altogether;

  • The exact dimensions of the coal and the resulting surface area;

These factors and many many more all need to be perfected together to ensure that the shisha coal lights just easily enough but not too easily, and keeps burning consistently for the duration of its life.


Our team has worked tirelessly, in the laboratory, in the market place, and with our engineers to create not only a specialized and proprietary factory line designed in house for the production from start to finish, but to perfect the art of the bamboo shisha coal. The above factors have been perfect into the ideal coal, for both a eucalyptus and a bamboo coal, each with unique properties and advantages.


Through the time and resources that EcoPlanet Bamboo has invested into this development we are proud to be off-setting a product that South Africa has long relied solely on foreign imports for. Replacing such products with locally grown and certified bamboo not only restores degraded land but generates skilled jobs. Our shisha / hookah coal production team that were once an un-skilled group of individuals have been trained into a highly functioning, well disciplined and skilled team and in many times and ways contributed to the R&D, testing, and perfecting that was required to get this niche bamboo product solution just right.



Contact us for more information or visit our Bamboo Solutions page to purchase our shisha / hookah coals and other related products.






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