bambu® Extends its Certifications with the USDA Certified Biopreferred Program
October 16, 2020
Portland, OR (October 16, 2020) -bambu LLC announced today that it has earned the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased product label. The products:
- bambu® Eating Utensils
- bambu® Serving Utensils
- bambu® Cooking Utensils
- bambu® Kids Utensils
are now able to display a unique USDA label that highlights its percentage of biobased content. These all have earned the highest amount of biobased content of 100%. These products join the following bambu LLC products that have previously earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label:
- Veneerware® Round Bamboo Plates with 100% biobased content
- Veneerware® Square Bamboo Plates with 100% biobased content
- Veneerware® Bamboo Knife, Fork, Spoon Sets with 100% biobased content
- Veneerware® Sporks with 100% biobased content
- Veneerware® Bamboo Spoons with 100% biobased content
- Veneerware® Bamboo Forks with 100% biobased content
- Veneerware® Bamboo Knives with 100% biobased content
- Veneerware® Fancy Bamboo Plates with 100% biobased content
- Veneerware® Square Bamboo Appetizing Plates with 100% biobased content
- Veneerware® Bamboo Tasting Plates with 100% biobased content
- Veneerware® Bamboo Spork with Handle with 100% biobased content
- Bamboo Tippy Table Wedges with 100% biobased content
- Veneerware® Bamboo Serving Tongs with 100% biobased content
- bambu® Cutting Boards with 100% biobased content
- bambu® Eating Utensils with 100% biobased content
- bambu® Condiment Cups with 100% biobased content
- bambu® Serving Trays with 100% biobased content
- bambu® Serving Utensils with 100% biobased content
- bambu® Cooking Utensils with 100% biobased content
- bambu® Kids Utensils with 100% biobased content
Third-party verification for a product's biobased content is administered through the USDA Biopreferred Program, an initiative created by the 2002 Farm Bill (and recently reauthorized by the 2018 Farm Bill). One of the goals of the BioPreferred Program is to increase the development, purchase and use of biobased products.
The USDA Certified Biobased Product label displays a product's biobased content, which is the portion of a product that comes from a renewable source, such as plant, animal, marine, or forestry feedstocks. Utilizing Biobased products, through petroleum displacement, have played an increasingly important role in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that exacerbate global climate change. Biobased products are cost-comparative, readily available, and perform as well as or better than their conventional counterparts.
"Our company has been associated with the Biopreferred Program for over a decade. We believe it is vitally important that people understand that products that are comprised of biobased content are a better choice for themselves, their families, society and the planet," remarked Jeffrey Delkin, cofounder and owner of bambu LLC.
"We applaud bambu LLC for earning the USDA Certified Biobased Product label, said Kate Lewis, USDA Biopreferred Program. "Products from bambu LLC are contributing to an ever-expanding marketplace that adds value to renewable agriculture commodities, creates jobs in rural communities, and decreases our reliance on petroleum"
According to a report that USDA released in July 2019, biobased products contributed $459 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016 (a 17% increase from 2014) and support, directly and indirectly, 4.6 million jobs. The report's research team estimates the reduction of fossil fuels and associated GMG emissions from biobased products equivalent to approximately 12 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) prevented as of 2016. The increased production of renewable chemicals and biobased products contributes to the development and expansion of the US bioeconomy-where society looks to agriculture for sustainable sources of fuel, energy, chemicals, and products.
About bambu LLC
bambu® is a leading brand of sustainable home and outdoor goods. The company sells its award-winning designs created from renewable, organic, and recycled materials in more than 14 countries. Since 2003, bambu® has been attracting customers to its plastic-free, zero-waste options for cooking, entertaining, and eating on-the-go. The product range consists of kitchen tools, bamboo utensils, bamboo plates, compostable dinnerware, eco-friendly cutlery, kids eating utensils, cutting boards and serving pieces.
bambu® is the only company to earn the familiar USDA organic seal for its certified organic cooking, eating and kids' utensils. Veneerware®, the company's premium brand of disposable dinnerware is the only brand sourced from organic sources, compost approved and is a USDA biobased certified product.
bambu® is a certified B Corporation business and has earned an A+ from the Better Business Bureau, and has achieved the highest Gold level distinction from the Green Business Network. The company's purpose-driven approach provides contributions and support to numerous nonprofit environmental organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Wild Salmon Center, Forest Stewardship Council, Surfrider, The Honeybee Research Lab, Conservation Alliance, and others through the company's active membership in 1% for the Planet. Visit our About Us page to learn more, and follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bambuhome.
About the USDA BioPreferred Program and Certified Biobased Product label
The Biopreferred Program is a USDA-led initiative that assists the development and expansion of markets for biobased products. The BioPreferred Program is transforming the marketplace for biobased products through two initiatives: mandatory purchasing requirements for Federal Agencies and Federal contractors and voluntary product certification and labeling.
Biobased products span a diverse range of applications, such as lubricants, cleaning products, chemicals and bioplastics. The USDA Certified Biobased Product label communicates a product's biobased content. Expressed as a percentage, biobased content is the ratio of non-fossil organic carbon (new organic carbon) to total organic carbon in a product. New organic carbon is derived from recently-created materials. The total organic carbon in a product consists of new organic carbon and old organic carbon that originates from fossil carbon materials, such as petroleum, coal, or natural gas. More than 3,500 products have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product label. To learn more about the USDA Certified Biobased Product label please visit http://www.biopreferred.gov and follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BioPreferred.