Bamboo is versatile. Bamboo truly is a remarkable renewable resource. It is a centuries old material that has been and continues to be used by over half the world’s population for applications as varied as food, shelter, fuel and clothing. These applications make bamboo a vital non-timber, non-petroleum resource. With a tensile strength superior to steel, it is one of the most versatile and durable natural resources in the world.
Bamboo is sustainable. Bamboo plays an important role in the reduction of timber consumption, environmental and forest protection, poverty alleviation, and sustainable development of rural economies. It is the fastest growing canopy for the re-greening of degraded lands and releases 35% more oxygen than equivalent timber stands.
Bamboo is renewable. Bamboo is a highly renewable material. It is one of the earth’s fastest growing plants. Bamboo needs no replanting, grows without fertilizers or pesticides and is harvested from controlled stands with an astounding growth cycle of three to five years. Bamboo is not a wood, but a species of grass. There are more than 1200 species of bamboo in the world. Moso (Phyllostachys pubescens) is our preferred species for its versatility, renewability and beauty. Importantly, Moso bamboo is not a species consumed by the panda. Bamboo offers vital economic and ecological benefits to the lives of millions of people worldwide; providing food, fuel, housing, furniture, artisan products, and soil and water conservation.
We have been granted the Co-Op America Seal of Approvalfor the commitments bambu has made toward fair treatment of workers, promoting healthy communities, preserving the environment and providing quality products.
‘Proudly made’ also conveys how we do business and reflects the spirit of our company and the values we live by. Pride in giving back to the local community, pride in supporting local artisans and small rural industry, and pride in using a renewable and plentiful resource.
At the Source
We are regularly on site and in the villages where the craftspeople work and live. This means we’re accountable for the integrity of our products and production processes. We couldn’t be the type of company we are if we were not at the source. We don’t work with agents or trading companies or middlemen; we never have, and we never will.
Environmentally Friendly Packaging
The paper we use for our packaging is made from FSC-certified sources or is made from 100% postconsumer recycled fibers. Our shipping cartons are made from recycled fiber and all of our packaging materials are recyclable. We’re expanding the use of soy-based inks across all of our printing.
bambu is leading the use of these materials with printers and paper suppliers in China.