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  • Save the Tapanuli Orangutan

      https://news.mongabay.com/2023/04/video-fight-for-survival-the-battle-to-save-the-last-tapanuli-orangutans/ The Tapanuli orangutan is the most endangered great ape with a population of less than 800 due to habitat destruction caused by deforestation from mining, agriculture, and logging....

    Save the Tapanuli Orangutan

      https://news.mongabay.com/2023/04/video-fight-for-survival-the-battle-to-save-the-last-tapanuli-orangutans/ The Tapanuli orangutan is the most endangered great ape with a population of less than 800 due to habitat destruction caused by deforestation from mining, agriculture, and logging....


What is Borneo Buys and what type of products do they offer?

Borneo Buys is a new e-commerce platform that aims to promote the unique cultural heritage and products of Borneo Island to a global audience. Our mission is to provide a sustainable livelihood for local artisans and small businesses by connecting them to customers around the world through our online store.

We will showcase a diverse range of high-quality, locally sourced products, including handcrafted jewelry, home decor, clothing, books and accessories.

How does my purchase from Borneo Buys help the artisans AND the Borneo Rainforest?

First, we pay the artisans full asking price for each item we buy from them. We do not make loans or sell on consignment. Artisans receive full payment during the transaction. Your purchase from Borneo Buys directly supports local artisans in Borneo by providing them with a fair wage for their handmade eco-friendly products. This not only helps to sustain their livelihoods and families, but also helps to preserve their traditional skills and crafts.

By choosing to buy products from Borneo Buys, you are not only supporting the local community but also contributing to the preservation of the Borneo Rainforest. The income generated from the sales of Borneo Buys products helps to fund conservation efforts and initiatives aimed at protecting the rainforest and its unique wildlife. Your purchase also helps to raise awareness about the importance of preserving this vital ecosystem and the need to support sustainable practices that protect the environment and the communities who depend on it. We donate 10% of your purchase to 1StopBorneo and SPCAKK

Are Borneo Buys products ethically sourced?

Yes, all products sold by Borneo Buys are ethically sourced. We take pride in our commitment to preserving the cultural heritage and supporting the livelihood of the local artisans in Borneo. Our artisans use locally sourced materials. Most of our artisans are individually or family run businesses, therefore working conditions are fair and equitable. By purchasing from Borneo Buys, you are not only supporting the local community and their traditional crafts, but also promoting sustainable and socially responsible practices. Join us in our mission to promote conscious consumption and make a positive impact on the global community.

How does Borneo Buys ensure the authenticity of their products?

Borneo Buys takes the authenticity of our products very seriously. We have established relationships with our artisans and suppliers and are aware of how their process for their craft. Additionally, we only work with suppliers who have a proven track record of producing high-quality, authentic products. Before each product is listed on our site, it undergoes a thorough review process to ensure its authenticity and compliance with our standards. By taking these steps, we are confident in the authenticity of our products and are proud to offer them to our customers.

How does Borneo Buys source their products?

At Borneo Buys, we carefully source unique, handmade products from local artisans. We attend markets that occur weekly or monthly and assess the products and craftspeople for potential partnership. Upon discovering a suitable artisan, we engage in discussions about their products and their interest in expanding their reach. Our fair payment practices ensure that the artisans receive a living wage, and many are eager to join us in bringing their handmade goods to a wider audience. Before offering a product, we listen to the artisan's story, learn about the product, and gain a deeper understanding of their craft.

Borneo Buys Values


A list of Borneo Buys 6 values, these are explained below

  • Sustainable: Our products are not just good for you, but also for the planet! We believe in eco-friendly and sustainable practices.
  • Social impact: Your purchase makes a difference in the lives of local communities and artisans. We pay fair prices to ensure a living wage. We're all about supporting local artisans and their handmade, unique creations. Each piece is crafted with care and attention to detail by skilled artisans in Borneo.
  • Global community: Borneo Buys is not just about shopping; it's about being part of a community that cares about social and environmental impact.
  • Eco-friendly: Our products are made with care for the environment, so you can feel good about your purchases.
  • Protecting and Preserving: We believe in protecting and preserving the Borneo rainforest and it's amazing wildlife.
  • Conscious consumption: Climate change is real. We need to start being conscious of the products we use and buy. We believe in making thoughtful, informed purchases that have a positive impact on people and the planet.


Where does Borneo Buys donate to?

We donate 10% to the following two organizations:


Founded in 2012. Their main objective is to conserve the rainforests by practicing a framework which we have specialized, the 4 Es.

Education- School workshops and fauna/flora research.

Enforcement- Reducing hunting pressures through creative practices.

Enrichment of Habitat- Planting wildlife favorite food in reforestation sites

Economy- Developing Conservation Tourism products for local job creation and supporting the local economy.


The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Kota Kinabalu (SPCA KK) is a non-governmental organization which has been working in Malaysia since 2006.

A group of animal lovers who had been working independently for the welfare of strays and abused animals in Kota Kinabalu had decided to form a common platform so that their work can be done more effectively.

The purpose of the society is to promote a better understanding on the needs, and rights of animals in order to reduce the incidences of animal abuses.


At Borneo Buys, we offer international shipping to the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia. We strive to ship all orders within 24 hours of purchase, so you can get your items as soon as possible.

We use POS Laju, the express mail service in Malaysia. Our shipping rates are a flat rate based on weight. Shipping rates are calculated at checkout, so you know exactly how much you'll be paying for shipping before you complete your order.

Please note that shipping times may vary depending on your location. We estimate that orders typically take about 2 weeks to arrive, but this can vary depending on customs and other factors.

Once your order is shipped, you will receive an email confirmation with tracking information so you can track your package every step of the way.

If you have any questions about shipping or your order, please don't hesitate to contact us at borneobuys@gmail.com

Return Policy

Borneo Buys wants you to be completely satisfied with each and every purchase. As with all handmade items, variations will occur. Your artisan put a lot of care and effort into creating your product. To respect our artisans we do not accept returns for 'change of mind'. 

We are only accepting returns for damaged or defective products or products that arrived by error.

  • These must be reported to us within 7 days of delivery.
  • Any shipping costs, customs fees, and taxes are not included in the refund amount.
  • Visual proof of items will be required and can be emailed to borneobuys@gmail.com

We take great care to package your items to ensure they arrive safely. Please kindly pack fragile items with the protective materials that you received with your package. Please also note that items must arrive to us as undamaged, unwashed, and unused or they will not be eligible for a return. All shipping costs are non-refundable.

We have a 7-day return policy, which means you have 7 days after receiving your item to request a return.

To start a return, you can contact us at borneobuys@gmail.com

You can always contact us for any return questions at borneobuys@gmail.com.

Exceptions / non-returnable items
Certain types of items cannot be returned, like perishable goods (such as consumables), custom products (such as special orders or personalized items), and personal care goods (such as beauty products). We also do not accept returns for hazardous materials, flammable liquids, or gases. Please get in touch if you have questions or concerns about your specific item.

The fastest way to ensure you get what you want is to return the item you have, and once the return is accepted, make a separate purchase for the new item.


We will notify you once we’ve received and inspected your return, and let you know if the refund was approved or not. If approved, you’ll be automatically refunded on your original payment method within 10 business days. Please remember it can take some time for your bank or credit card company to process and post the refund too.
If more than 15 business days have passed since we’ve approved your return, please contact us at borneobuys@gmail.com.


European Union 14 day cooling off period
Notwithstanding the above, if the merchandise is being shipped into the European Union, you have the right to cancel or return your order within 14 days, for any reason and without a justification. As above, your item must be in the same condition that you received it, unworn or unused, with tags, and in its original packaging. You’ll also need the receipt or proof of purchase.