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Outdoor Entertaining: <br /> Eco-Friendly Party Supplies

Outdoor Entertaining:
Eco-Friendly Party Supplies

On Memorial Day, we remember the military men and women who lost their lives while serving our country. Memorial Day also marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and that means outdoor entertaining. You’ve waited all winter for weather warm enough to fire up the grill and have friends over. So, rather than using flimsy, unattractive paper or plastic plates and utensils, why not do your outdoor entertaining eco-friendly style?  

Outdoor Entertaining Ideas: Eco-friendly Style

From food prep with eco-friendly utensils and bamboo cutting boards to serving trays, at bambu® we’ve got everything you need to impress your friends and family this outdoor entertaining season and throughout the year. This Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to stock up on eco-friendly party supplies with our 20% off sale!

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Made of 100% organic bamboo, our eco-friendly dinnerware adds a classy flair to an informal setting and are ideal for outdoor entertaining. They’re sturdy enough to confidently serve any kind of food on, and you’ll be surprised how elegant our disposable bamboo plates are. And, unlike paper and plastic, Veneerware® sustainable dinnerware is certified compostable for guilt-free quick and easy cleanup.

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Veneerware® plates and utensils are made from certified organic bamboo using nothing more than heat, pressure and time. Coatings or finishes are ever used, yet they are consistent in color and free of blemishes. Although many people think it’s a wood, bamboo is actually in the grass family. When you open a package of Veneerware®, you’ll recognize the scent of freshly cut grass making for a truly natural dining experience.

To fit your unique entertaining needs, our sustainable dinnerware is available in various shapes and sizes. Tasting Plates and Appetizer Plates are always good to have on hand, and the 7” inch plates (round, square or fancy) are great for a side dish, salad or desert. You can choose from square or round 9” dinner plates, and our 11” inch plates are available in square, round or fancy. Having sorbet for dessert? Our 7” compostable bowls are ideal!

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Bamboo Deluxe Dinner Napkins will add a 100% eco-friendly complimentary touch to your natural table setting. These spun-woven luxurious bamboo napkins offer the look and feel of fine cloth. And, you’ll be surprised by how super absorbent they are. Now, the convenience of a single-use napkin doesn’t mean giving up the appearance and soft feel of linen. Cocktail Napkins are available too!

Outdoor entertaining with our eco-friendly party supplies is easy with organic, disposable and compostable Veneerware®. So, this summer, consider treating your guests to food served on elegant, durable plates that are not only beautiful and sustainable, but also support the environment.

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Check out our Green Wedding Ideas here for tips on planning Outdoor Weddings. Considering a Barn Wedding? You're not alone. Read the recent article from The Atlantic magazine, Why Everyone is Getting Married in a Barn

Happy Memorial Day and outdoor entertaining season! 

 

 

Kids in the Kitchen this Mother's Day

Kids in the Kitchen this Mother's Day

Kids in the Kitchen this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to express love and gratitude for our moms in a meaningful way. She does so much for others, that a single day of showering mom with appreciation is certainly well deserved. Since she could use extra love on more than May 13th, consider making this Mother’s Day a memorable time she’ll reflect on throughout the year.

Dads and/or partners, we’ve gathered the results of polls taken by moms across the country to provide you with ways you and the kids can make this Mother’s Day extra meaningful. Let’s begin with a poll-proven reminder that it’s the simple things that bring moms joy. The gifts she’ll most treasure are handmade cards and artwork, loving acts of appreciation and a great day spent with you and her children.

Polls show that the things moms want on Mother’s Day aren’t really things at all. In fact, they can do without expensive jewelry or fancy flowers delivered to the door. Instead, moms want experiences on their special day. These are the things memories are made of.

  • Sleeping in
  • A lovingly prepared meal she doesn’t have to clean up after
  • A clean house with nothing on her to-do list
  • Quality time surrounded by her favorite people
  • Personal time to rejuvenate her spirit (a facial or massage)
  • A relaxing, candlelit bubble bath before bed

It’s probably no surprise that what moms want most on Mother’s Day is to sleep in. And, once she gets up at her leisure, she wants a break from her routine of meeting the needs of the family. Polls reveal that moms are lukewarm about being served breakfast in bed, but love having breakfast prepared for them. Of course, that includes relieving her of any cleanup duties afterward. Veneerware® compostable plates make that easy!

Having everything ready for Mother’s Day shows mom you’ve put extra thought and energy into making her day special. Get together with the kids to plan your menu, shop for fresh ingredients, pick up a bouquet of flowers for the table, and have your certified organic bamboo cutting boards and utensils ready to make mom a breakfast she won’t soon forget. It’s especially fun for junior chefs to have their own Kids in the Kitchen utensils.

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Get the day off to a good start by letting mom sleep while you and the kids whip up a delicious breakfast you’ll enjoy together, made easy with our line of kitchen gadgets for kids. Once you hear her stirring, bringing her a cup of coffee or tea in bed on her new organic bamboo serving tray is a great way to set the tone for the day, while giving her alone time to peacefully wake up. It will likely be hard to surprise your mom with the breakfast you’re preparing, so let her know she can lounge in bed until it’s time to gather at the table.

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Whether she likes a sweet or savory breakfast, choose something easy to prepare and clean up after. It can be anything from a fresh fruit salad served with croissants or scones, to the Food Network’s kid-friendly Hash Brown, Tomato and Mozzarella Quiche. Scrambled eggs with your favorite ingredients is a sure winner, and making scones is always fun and easy for kids. Just be sure to clean up as you go so mom doesn’t have to! Here’s a simple recipe. 

Kids in the Kitchen Scones

Ready in: 30 minutes
Makes 12-16 scones

Ingredients:

2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut in small pieces
1⁄4 cup sugar 
2⁄3 cup milk

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 425°
  2. Put flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Add the butter and blend with your fingers until the mixture looks like fine crumbs.
  4. Add sugar and toss to mix.
  5. Add milk and stir with a bamboo spoon until the dough forms. It may be a bit crumbly.
  6. Place dough on floured counter, kneading gently until it forms a ball.
  7. Pat or roll the dough into a circle about 1 1/2 inches thick.
  8. Cut each circle into 6 or 8 wedges.
  9. Place wedges slightly apart on a greased cookie sheet.
  10. Bake about 12 minutes, or until medium brown on top.

    Serve warm with butter, honey or jam.

    We hope having the Kids in the Kitchen this Mother’s Day is great fun for you, and that mom basks in good food, fun and family the whole day long.

    From all of us at bambu, Happy Mother’s Day!

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    Compostable Plates: Wedding Planning for the Eco-Friendly Couple

    Compostable Plates: Wedding Planning for the Eco-Friendly Couple

    Becoming engaged is a time of tremendous excitement and change in a couple’s life. While it’s nice to take plenty of romantic time to simply celebrate your engagement, you’re probably eager to begin planning your wedding. After a (not-so-romantic) talk about your budget and agreeing on something between your dream wedding and what you can actually afford, it’s good to start planning 9-12 months before the big day. There’s a lot to do!

    Your wedding day will create lifelong memories and you’ll want everything to be perfect. But, you’ll pay quite a steep price for those memories. The average cost of a wedding in the USA is a staggering $35,329. The venue, catered food and open bar are the biggest expenses averaging about $75 per person (excluding insurance, taxes and gratuities). Then, there’s the photographer, the couple’s attire, attire for the wedding party, flowers, the cake, decorations, wedding favors and entertainment.

    Don’t be surprised if, like most couples, you exceed your pre-wedding day budget with expenses like your rings, marriage license, invitations, postage, gifts for the wedding party, planning your honeymoon, and spa treatments. An outdoor wedding at the park or barefoot on the beach is beginning to sound like a great idea, but don’t fret!

    With some creativity, you can dramatically cut expenses while making your dream wedding a stylish eco-friendly event that’s sure to impress. From the invitations to the flowers and everything between, it’s fun and easy to create a unique, economical and ecological wedding and reception you can be proud of. At bambu®, we’re here to help make your special day elegant, memorable and sustainable with compostable dinnerware.

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    Eco-friendly Tableware & Compostable Plates for your Wedding

    A wedding reception offers a chance for all of your friends and family to be together, and food is an important part of any celebration. When the venue you’ve rented serves your food, a hefty price is worked into the cost to cover the use of their ceramic (or china) plates and silverware, as well as, washing them after the meal. Whether you choose a park or rent an upscale venue, providing your own compostable plates and utensils for your wedding will reduce your expenses while also reducing your environmental impact. Use, enjoy, dispose!

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    Bamboo plates and utensils are elegant, yet economical, making them a perfect choice for your wedding reception. They’re surprisingly durable and are sturdy enough to confidently serve any kind of food on. Veneerware®, our line of eco-friendly tableware, offers natural plates with plate-to-plate consistency, free of blotches, dark spots or irregularities. They showcase your food beautifully and their natural elegance is sure to be a great conversation piece too!   

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    bambu has redefined the disposable plate. Since 2003, we’ve created and produced the best-selling, highest quality bamboo plates and utensils available. To this day, they are the only plates and cutlery made from certified organic bamboo. And, when it comes to clean up, there is no need to pay someone to wash your dishes. Veneerware® makes clean-up a guilt-free snap! You’ll feel good knowing that these Earth-friendly products are certified compostable. Every step taken to reduce our carbon footprint matters.

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    We’ve also redefined disposable napkins with the introduction of our 100% eco-friendly pure bamboo single-use napkins. These spun-woven, luxurious bamboo napkins offer the look and feel of fine linen. And, you’ll be surprised how super soft and absorbent they are. You don't have to give up appearances with our deluxe cocktail napkins and dinner napkins. You’ll also save on the cost of having someone wash your rented linens when the celebration is over!

    We've used Veneerware® for our own events and have helped many couples choose the perfect compostable plates for their wedding reception. We’re here to help you too! It’s nice to see and feel each shape and size of our plates and utensils to decide what’s just right for you. That’s easy with our Veneerware® Sample Box which includes a 10% off coupon to use when you’re ready to place your order. For warm-weather outside weddings, you’ll love the Veneerware Fan that’s included too!  

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    Check out Get Inspired to see how others have used our disposable bamboo plates and utensils for their wedding reception. And, don’t hesitate to call us at 855-630-3149 if we can be of help in any way.

    Planning a Barn Wedding? Read the article in The Atlantic, Why Everyone is Planning a Barn Wedding.

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    Have you or someone you know used Veneerware® bamboo plates for a wedding or special event? Please share your photos on our Facebook Page!

     

    "We love using bambu Veneerware plates and they are a wonderful alternative to disposable plastic plates. They are durable, sturdy and leak-proof, and the quality meets our demands for the best. The plate’s stylish design and neutral color blend seamlessly into various settings –from a seated luncheon to a casual picnic to a formal wedding."

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    Sustainability Spotlight - Material Sourcing Matters

    Sustainability Spotlight - Material Sourcing Matters

    In celebration of Earth Day, the world’s largest environmental movement, we’re spotlighting commonly used products like cotton clothing, household textiles and kitchenware. Moreover, we’ll explore why material sourcing and manufacturing processes make a significant difference in the health and well-being of each of us and the planet Earth.  

    Materials Sourcing Matters

    What you buy, where you buy it, and how it’s been made matters. The cliché, “They don’t make things the way they used to,” is very true. The evolution of technology and advanced manufacturing processes have made it easy for big corporations to mass-produce lower cost, lower quality goods. This process often includes outsourcing to people working under poor conditions in faraway factories. Mass-production results in consumers buying more items than ever before, but also discarding them more quickly. Pollution is another result.

    Textile factories are second only to agriculture in the amount of pollution they create. It takes over 2,000 chemicals, many of which are known carcinogens, to turn raw materials into finished fabrics. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 80 billion pieces of this fabric wind up in landfills worldwide, with the average US citizen throwing out 70 pounds of clothing each year. Textile waste pollutes the environment and ultimately the food chain.   

    The Sustainable Alternative

    Sustainability is based on the principle that everything necessary for our well-being either directly or indirectly depends on our natural environment. It means avoiding the depletion of natural resources to maintain an ecological balance. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions that support humans and nature to exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations.

    From clothing and textiles to kitchenware and furniture, eco-friendly shoppers have become increasingly conscientious about their buying decisions. They don’t mind spending a little more for sustainably produced products that, unlike mass-produced goods, are both high quality and long-lasting. Another relevant cliché is, “You get what you pay for!” Fortunately, more and more companies are offering sustainably made, certified organic products for environmentally responsible consumers.   

    PrAna is one such company pioneering the sustainable clothing movement. They are among the first major clothing companies to offer Fair Trade Certified products. That’s impressive, and certainly not something you’ll find in most mass-production cotton and textile factories. PrAna not only has 100% organic cotton clothing, you’ll also find clothes made from hemp, recycled wool and responsible down.

    At bambu, we take pride in our sustainable products and our manufacturing process. We offer over 100 organic items, limit our (recyclable) packaging, are dedicated to reducing single-use plastics, and as a 1% For The Planet member, we give back to the environment. Our B Corp Certification means we meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability while aspiring to solve social and environmental problems.

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    Cotton – Organic or GMO

    Over 90 percent of the cotton grown in the US is genetically modified. In fact, non-organic cotton is one of the most pesticide and chemically contaminated crops in the entire world. These fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and insecticides are known to contaminate our air, land, and water sources. Not only does it add to our already over-burdened landfills, post-consumer clothing waste generates global pollution. 

    Organic cotton is 100% natural and sustainable. The organic farming of cotton combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote a good quality of life for all involved. Rather than damaging the soil, organic cotton farming replenishes and maintains soil fertility. It has less impact on the air and uses 71% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton 

    Cotton Clothing: Choosing organic cotton clothing will eliminate your exposure to chemical toxins and reduce their impact on our environment. Look for companies that clearly display their products as Fair Trade and Fair Labor Certified, and/or use the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Certification. Some examples include PACT organic cotton clothing, Winter Water Factory, and Loomstate, each of which offers certified organic cotton clothing.

    Cotton Home Textiles: At bambu®, you’ll find GOTS certified organic textiles like our denim apron, kitchen towels, baby bibs and multi-use adjustable soft bowls. These products are made from cotton, hemp, denim and sustainably harvested cork designed with quality, longevity, and the environment in mind.

    bambu® Certification: Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
    Label Grade: GOTS
    Certifying Institute: OCS Ecocert Greenlife
    License No.: 140081

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    Organic and Sustainable Bamboo

    Although it’s been used for thousands of years, bamboo products are rapidly gaining popularity among environmentally aware consumers. An evergreen flowering plant in the grass family, bamboo is among the fastest growing plants in the world making it 100% sustainable. Famed for its extreme durability, strength and lightweight properties, bamboo is an incredibly versatile and beautiful natural material.    

    Much like cotton, an organic bamboo certification means the material must be grown without the use of fertilizers, pesticides or chemicals of any kind. Therefore, it can only be assembled and finished with organic oils and strictly regulated food-safe adhesives.

    Bamboo Kitchenware: bambu® is the only company that offers USDA certified organic utensils. Handmade from a single piece of organic bamboo, the bambu kitchen utensils are finished with an organic food-safe oil. They are naturally stain and odor resistant and are made to last. So, when replacing your old plastic and metal kitchen tools, consider choosing organic bamboo utensils.

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    We also offer a wide array of cutting and serving boards made of organically grown bamboo and reclaimed cedar wood. And a range of compostable plates and cutlery as a durable, yet elegant alternative to single-use plastics. To get your children off to a good healthy start in life, bambu® has USDA certified baby products that meet and go beyond strict safety and quality care standards.

    Make Every Day Earth Day

    As consumers, it’s our responsibility to make buying decisions that are good for us and for the planet we call home. Whether you’re shopping in a retail store or online, take a moment to check what the products you’re purchasing are made of, and how and where they were made. Then, consider making a sustainable choice. Since they last much longer than mass-produced items, you’ll ultimately save money while doing your part to support planet Earth.

    Reduce: Reducing is a form of simplifying your life that has a positive impact on the environment. Take time to consider if you really need to buy the latest gadget, trendy item of clothing or that new set of cookware. When replacing clothing, textiles, kitchenware and other items, consider investing in more sustainable, durable alternatives that are long-lasting and recyclable. The less you buy the less you waste. Buy with intent, not with haste!

    Reuse & Recycle: Before throwing something out, try to repair it, use it for parts, check for alternative uses, or donate it to a local charity. Gently worn clothes can be passed on to someone in need, while worn out clothing is great for quilts, patches, or cleaning rags. Check out the Council for Textile Recycling and use their handy search tool for locations to donate and recycle clothing, footwear, household textiles and accessories.

    Happy Earth Day!