Is Sustainable & Ethical Bird's Nests Possible?
To unpack the sustainable and ethical concerns behind bird's nests, we first need to understand the mating habits of swiftlets who produce them.
You are not destroying swiftlet's homes when you eat bird's nests.
Each mating season, swiftlets build new nests made from their own saliva. Swiftlets only use their nests for that one mating season. After their baby birds fly out of the nests, they leave the nests and build new nests for the next mating season.
Sustainable harvesting refers to the practice of only harvesting the bird's nests when the swiftlets are gone.
Bird's nests houses are too profit driven by the high demand to care about their impact on the swiftlets and the environment. This is an extremely short term view as the dwindling swiftlet population in the area affects the future yield of bird's nests.
It is impossible to practice sustainable or ethical harvesting when harvesting cave bird's nests.
Cave bird's nests are located on high caverns of limestone caves, making it an extremely dangerous endeavour for farmers to harvest them. Farmers have to scale these dark sheer rock cliffs to harvest these nests, without the use of modern equipment due to the altitude of the mountains. Injury and deaths are often common in such scenarios, which further drive up the price of cave nests.
Ethically harvested bird's nests is only possible in the case of house nests.
For house bird's nests, where conditions can be controlled, it is a much safer farming method. This practice is cruelty-free for the farmers who are harvesting them.
Our commitment to sustainable & ethical bird's nests.
We practice sustainable and ethical farming practices on own bird's nests houses and work with suppliers we know whose practice will not infringe on the environment. This process might be an invisible one to the end-consumers, but we believe is an extremely important one in order to preserve these swiftlets and provide a good working condition for the local communities we work with.
Furthermore, as our bird's nests are from Malaysia, they are all transported via land instead of air. This reduces our carbon footprint compared to other bird's nests that are flown in from Indonesia, Thailand or Vietnam.