For over two decades Balizen has created a unique line of products for home, garden and body. Our designs are inspired by nature and the zen traditions of craftsmanship, simplicity, harmony and the use of natural materials.
With respect to the local artisans' lifestyle, traditions and environment we also work with village communities, educating them in conservation, sustainable development and organic farming. We are a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
Through our designs we not only strive to create more enjoyment for people in their daily lives, but also to share the abilities and sensibilities of one culture with another, enabling open communication and helping make the world more of a global family … like our own.
About the owners and what zen zen means
The name “zen zen” comes from a Japanese expression which loosely translates to “but of course” - that natural serendipity which occurs when you’re doing something positive for the planet. This has always been the mission of the company founders, as they continuously work to create a beautiful line of products that are handmade from sustainable materials and all with a personal touch.
Andrea and Nyoman live and work in Bali & the USA. They run the business together with the help of a great team of employees and the wonderful support of customers, friends and family.
Nyoman, a Bali native, has a strong commitment to preserving the Balinese culture and helping to move Bali into a green and sustainable future. In addition to managing our in house fair trade workshop, he is the main facilitator of all our community outreach and organic farming programs, working with government officials as well as directly with village communities he is truly a driving force. Currently, he is the leader of a Balinese farmers cooperative and is spearheading and managing a large commercial, community based, organic farming and reforestation project in the North of Bali.
“My parents called me busy fingers when I was little,” Andrea says. “I was knitting at 5, making my own clothes at 9 and designing my first interior at 12, always making something. I love art and dance, crafts, language and culture, collaboration and creating great products that make people smile. I grew up in a family of insatiably curious and creative people, I went to a Rudolf Steiner school, and studied art in college, did costume design for a while and then worked with my dad making laboratory equipment for public health laboratories across the globe. All these things have contributed to what I am and do and share today.
Our Eco Consciousness
In the early 90s, when zen zen, our wholesale company, was young, we used to tell people that we only used natural, ecologically sustainable materials and they usually had no idea what we were talking about. Thank goodness, terms like recycle, green, eco-friendly and carbon neutral are now becoming house hold words. That’s great news for the planet. As for us, we have been essentially green since 1992, and we stay that way by following these basic principals:
About our Balizen Elixir, Healthy Snack & Organic Coffee bars at our Seminyak and Ubud Boutiques:
We are serving nourishing, farm fresh food, made with love - featuring:
Balizen Elixirs - fresh pressed juices, brews & extracts to help you feel fantastic.
Jamu is the term for Indonesia’s traditional herbal remedies. They utilize all parts of medicinal plants such as roots, bark, flowers, seeds, leaves and fruit. Balizen Elixirs are based on and inspired by original Balinese jamu, and fused with our Balizen aesthetic. Each elixir has been designed to be lovely, delicious, and with numerous health benefits. All gifts from our mother EARTH.
Bali Organic Coffee - farm direct - organic - fair trade
Healthy Snacks & Sweets - vegan - no cane sugar - gluten free
New - Vegetarian Soup Kitchen - featuring daily Liquid Lunch specials
Only locally sourced, farm fresh ingredients are used for our cold-pressed juices, root extracts, coffee and homemade treats.
We work with and support the efforts of Koperasi Tani Bali Jagadhita, a Bali organic farmer run cooperative producing healthy, fair trade food and farm products. Our elixirs, vegan soups and healthy snacks are made fresh every morning in our kitchen.