The founder of Indobamboo, Arief, is a second generation bamboo specialist, following in the footsteps of his mother Linda Garland, who founded the Environmental Bamboo Foundation. Linda is well-regarded for putting in place the ground work that made many giant leaps possible for industrialists, designers and scientists focused on bamboo, helping push the international development in bamboo industry. Arief is an environmental scientist in his own right with over 15 years of experience in bamboo forest management and production.
Linda Garland, an international designer and environmentalist, has made her home in Indonesia for over 20 years. Ms. Garland has focused her energy solely upon finding a solution to environmental concerns regarding the worlds diminishing tropical forest resources. Her efforts were to first create the Environmental Bamboo Foundation (IBF) in 1991 in order to incorporate a multidisciplinary approach to developing bamboo as an environmentally renewable non-wood forest resource. In January, 1995, the IBF was granted non-profit status and received its first funding for educational programs introduced at the IVth International Bamboo Congress held in Bali that year.
In 1995, Ms Garland was conferred a degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the Forest Research Institute in Dehradun, India. Her prolific work and variety of designs within the Indonesian community were such a stimulus to the village economies that in 1990 she was given the Upakati award, the highest national honor, from the president of Indonesia for her “unselfish contributions to the nation of Indonesia”. Also in 1995 Linda Garland was declared one of the world’s top 50 designers by Architectural Digest.