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35 Green and Clean Eco-Entrepreneurs indentified by San Diego News Network
by Valerie Middleton
December 9, 2009 – San Diego is on its way to becoming a leader in the clean technology economy, and many of these companies are being started by people under 35. Here are 35 “green and clean” eco-entrepreneurs identified by SDNN.
CaliBamboo, Founded: 2004
Who knew that the business idea of two broke surfer pals would become a $7.2 million company? A yearlong surf trip around the world had left the young duo without a penny to spare, but they returned brimming with ideas on how they might better the world’s environment. Jeff Goldberg and Tanner Haigwood had a simple plan: To sell something they knew would not thrash the earth.
In 2004, the then-27-year-olds took out a $50,000 line of credit on their house, and launched Cali Bamboo in San Diego. The company provides both residential and commercial clientele from U.S., Canada, and Virgin Islands with building products, including flooring, fencing decking, and plywood made entirely from bamboo. Cali Bamboo even supplies local surfboard and skateboard makers with materials for making bamboo boards. Besides the fact that bamboo is one of the world’s most durable and sustainable building materials, peer pressure to go green also plays a role in compelling people to buy products composed of sustainable materials. Simply put, “it comes down to what makes sense to people” says Haigwood.
Cali Bamboo has made its millions by demonstrating that going green is a sustainable way of life rather than a short-lived lifestyle trend. Since it launched in 2004 as a two-man project, the company boasts 22 staff members and a staggering growth rate of 877.1 percent, earning them a spot on Inc. 500’s list of America’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies.