Sustainable tableware with a colourful story
bambu is the brainchild of Jeff Delkin and Rachel Speth, who left careers in the USA to live and work in China. “We launched bambu with a simple idea: to create interest and excitement in renewable materials, and to lessen the impact we place on the earth’s limited natural resources”, explains Jeff. 10 years on, bambu is a thriving business creating distinctive cooking and dining products from sustainable natural materials such as bamboo, cork, coconut, cotton and soy.
bambu’s colourful lacquered bowls and servers are no exception. Manufactured in Vietnam from certified organic coiled bamboo, each one is entirely hand made, with 11 layers of lacquer applied to the outside of each piece and 8 to the inside. The lacquer is Phthalate-, BPA- and PVC-free and completely safe - even for children to use - and they’re also much kinder to the environment than plastic. bambu’s idea of sustainability even extends to the packaging, which uses vegetable oil based inks and FSC paper.
bambu’s bowls and servers can be used with hot and cold foods and, unlike many coiled bamboo products, are really made to last: the only thing you can’t do with is them is put them in the dishwasher. So why not brighten up your breakfast or snazz up your soup? Their bright colours also make them perfect for parties or using outdoors in the summer.
The manufacturing process uses part cottage industry and part factory labour: bambu is committed to the communities they work with. "Pride in workmanship, a fair living wage and safe working environments are goals that we are continually focused on,” say Jeff and Rachel, “Our bambu "eco-system" is interdependent on craftspeople, material suppliers, farmers, business owners, quality assurance and local support. We strive to benefit everyone along our supply chain".
bambu provides its workers with a number of benefits including higher than average wages and job sharing, as well as housing subsidies, unemployment benefits, and medical coverage.
bambu is a member of the Green Business Network and one of only a handful of companies which has earned Green America’s Gold Seal of Approval.