About the organization
loudbasstard produces a sound amplifier dock for mobile devices made of bamboo and rattan. It is entirely eco-friendly since it does not use any electricity or batteries. The shape (design) of the product and the fact that this is made of bamboo allows this device to naturally amplify the sound coming up from a cellphone. The dock is practical for its ease of use on a beach or other areas where using electricity-powered device might be difficult. Every device is handmade by Filipino craftsmen from Cebu. Following the success of their audio amplifier, they have also recently started to produce cellphone cases made of bamboo. Their goal is to offer various products that will be merging modern technology, industrial design, and sustainability.
What makes it a social enterprise?
loudbasstard is helping employment in their community by hiring artisans from a poor community in Cebu to make all their products by hand. They are improving the quality of life of the community by providing skills and regular employment in a factory close to their houses and let female artisans weave the rattan from their homes.
Sustainability is one of their core value. The product itself is eco-friendly but the production process to create it is sustainable as well. The raw materials for the product, bamboo & rattan, are among the fastest plants to grow in the Philippines. The full production is hand-made and no machineries are used except for the engraving.
loudbasstard wants to spread their love for music to the new generation. The organization is partnering with the non-profit Sistemang Pilipino in order to provide recorders to gifted music students from underprivileged communities that are pursuing their musical studies with Sistemang.
What is its social cause?Environment, Employment development & skills training, Education
Who does it impact?Youth
Resources to learn more about loudbasstard
[Entrepinas Podcast] Episode 008 – Loud Basstard with Koh Onozawa
[When in Manila] Most Eco-friendly iPod Speakers: Loud Basstard
[Sun Star Cebu] Loudbasstard celebrates love for music with children
[Inquirer.net] Glorious ‘basstard’
[Rappler] Koh Onozawa: Loud and proud
Meet the Cebuanos behind 'loudbasstard'
[loudbasstard] 2014 catalogue