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World Bamboo Day

World Bamboo Day

bamboo day

September 18th is World Bamboo Day. The day is a celebration about the wondrous renewable material, and an effort to increase the awareness of bamboo globally. The first World Bamboo Day was kicked off Thailand in 2009.

This year's event is held at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington DC.

smithsonian zoo

Bambu is proud to be partner in celebrating this remarkable renewable material. Bamboo is a vital resource that is inextricably linked to daily life for people around the world. 

We started Bambu to promote the use of renewable materials in our daily lives and to bring a new and elevated sense of design to daily use products. We say, "bamboo is the poster child of renewable materials."

To celebrate World Bamboo Day, here are a few known, and little known facts about bamboo. 

  • There are nearly 1400 species of bamboo.
  • Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in world. 
  • Edison's first light bulb used bamboo as the filament.
  • The first phonograph stylus was made from bamboo.
  • Some species of bamboo grow up to 3 feet per day.
  • Bamboo releases 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere and absorbs more carbon dioxide compared to other plants.

See a great overview of World Bamboo Day presented by World Bamboo Organization CEO, Susanne Lucas in the video below. 

bambu Wins Best New Product Award in New York

bambu Wins Best New Product Award in New York

For the second year in a row, bambu wins top honors at New York Now, the leading trade show for design-oriented brands and top buyers in the US, and International markets.

bambu wins the Best New Product award at this summer's show held in New York in August. The award was given to the company's newly launched reclaimed cedar wood collection. Last year in New York, bambu won Most Innovative Product for our reusable bamboo straws.

"We are super excited that judges, buyers and customers have reacted so positively to our ideas. The new cedar collection represents the latest in our quest to offer beautiful and unique products."

"We are playing with and designing with new renewable, recycled and reclaimed materials. We are no longer only about bamboo," remarks co-owner, Jeff Delkin.

Partner, Rachel Speth is the designer of the new cedar line and was head-over-heels when she discovered this source on a production trip.

Here's the story - 
Traveling in ChinaOn one of our visits to our workshop, we stopped in a small town and found an interesting salvage yard that stocked timber and other used building materials. We asked about the Cedar Wood and learned that before western building materials were introduced in China in the mid-century, the people used the local wood, Chinese Cedar Wood was bountiful and the wood of choice for building homes and other wooden structures. 
Today the wood is found as salvage material used by the locals for small projects. 

cedar salvage from dwellingsdwelling made from cedar wood in China

We tested the material and found that it was free of chemicals, which makes sense considering the Cedar Wood is naturally resistant to staining, pests and mold.

Our serving pieces are shaped from 70-year old cedar wood pieces, reclaimed from old Chinese dwellings, now upcycled for your home. Each board, tray and coaster is hand selected and a ONE-OF-A-KIND which refers to the knots, colors and lines will be different on each one.

Every plank or piece of timber we use is unique so the result will be ‘one-of-a-kind’, just like any other wood. 

The cedar wood collection is available in 3 serving boards, 5 serving trays style The design is inspired by the hexagon, a design reference to our on-going support of the bees, the Honey Bee Research Lab at Oregon State University.

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Bee the Change. World Honey Bee Day

Bee the Change. World Honey Bee Day

Bees have their day too and we are delighted to honor Bee Day. World Honey Bee Day is August 20th. And as most of our customers and friends know, we love bees and have a strong connection to our bee friends. bambu has been a supporter of the Honey Bee Lab at Oregon State for nearly four years. 

THE SEEDS TO OUR PARTNERSHIP

One of the key reasons we started our company, Bambu, more than 10 years ago was because of our care and respect for the natural environment. In the designs that we create, and the materials that we use, we strive to provide people with sustainable alternatives.

We care about and are concerned for the plight of the bee populations and the affect that has on the well-being of our planet’s eco-systems. Bee colonies are integral to a healthy planet. Which is why we are associated with the folks at the Honey Bee Research Lab in Corvallis, Oregon. 

BUSY AS BEES

Summer is a particularly busy time for the lab team. After months of 'heading to the fields' to gather bee intel from the crops, colonies and pollinating areas, they head back to the lab to study and understand the data.

One of the many innovative ways in which they try and help the bee populations is through a 'weather balloon' method to attract drone. This is really cool...

honey bee research

As told from Carolyn Breece in the Honey Lab Department. "The balloon had a queen pheromone attached to it and we walked around the farm hoping to find a “drone congregation area” or DCA. These are special places in the sky in which drones congregate and hope a queen passes through. If she does, about 20 drones will mate with her (successful drones will soon die). We tried to fake this by hoping our queen pheromone would pass through a DCA. We would see a “comet” of drones if we did. DCA’s are difficult to find but it’s fun to try!"

"We are as busy as our bees here at the OSU Honey Bee Lab! We look forward to continuing research on honey bee health and educating new beekeepers and the public about these essential pollinators, and we thank Bambu for their continuous support!"

HOW WE AT BAMBU WORK WITH THE HONEY BEE LAB

We believe that businesses and individuals need to take action. We want to give back to our Oregon community. We are a small family owned business native to Oregon. We want to support other small businesses.

We can support the OSU Honeybee Lab by:

Contributing monetary support to general and specific research projects.
Using our branded message platforms to build awareness for your program, and showcase the work of local bee farmers.
Encouraging people and businesses to learn more and support bee conservation.
Promoting our partnership with customers and other business
Promoting bee protection with tasteful ‘bee-themed’ products in the marketplace.

 Read more about our Partnerships here.