The 'One Less Plastic Straw' Campaign and Why We're a Partner

The 'One Less Plastic Straw' Campaign and Why We're a Partner

A simple pledge. During the month of October you pledge to use fewer plastic straws. Just one less straw will make a difference.

It's Small But it's Big

plastic pollution

Did you know that in America, we are using an estimated 500,000,000 plastic straws every single day? 500,000,000!! That's crazy! That is like 1.6 straws for every man, woman and child living in this country every single day. If you were to take an entire day’s worth of plastic straws we use in one day, it would fill up over 127 school busses. It's nonsense. 

Straws. It is one thing that we can all do to reduce the plastic pollution that is suffocating our planet. Each and everyone can make a difference.

Here's a recent story. When offered a glass of water with a plastic straw, we said, 'no thanks, keep the straw.' Another person in our group got served their second iced tea arrived with yet another plastic straw, we said, 'no thanks. we can use the same one.' The service person, stopped, and noted, and said, 'Yes, I get it. That makes total sense.' Now, he asks the customer if they really wish a straw. Do they really require another. 

bambu felt it was an important campaign to get behind. The pollution problem can feel overwhelming. But this is a focused effort with a simple and actionable requirement. Stop using, stop accepting plastic straws.

Schools and Children Too

Schools across the nation are participating in the program by signing a pledge stating they promise not to use a single plastic straw during the month of October.

The pledge they sign allows the person taking the pledge to commit to a dollar amount (i.e. .50-cents or $1.00) they promise to pay for every time they forget to refuse a straw. All funds collected by the students goes 100% to the students school so the school can afford to bring in more environmental education programs. So that's pretty cool, huh?

Join A Movement

Action starts with small steps. This is one. A request to Sign the Pledge. Go to the link, sign your name, and refuse a plastic straw. Tell others. Make them aware. Play it forward and create a bigger movement.

And if you need another idea to using a plastic straw, here's one.

Sip From Nature - Bamboo Straws

 We offer a natural and reusable option to the plastic straw. Our bamboo straws are selected for their uniform size, sanded and finished with an organic oil. We offer them in a package of six straws. And they come with their own wire brush cleaner. Great for sipping up a smoothie, an ice tea or a cocktail. Sip and reuse, and say 'no thanks' to another plastic straw.

bamboo straws #noplastic

Say No to Plastic Straws. And if you're looking for beautiful and natural alternative, then consider Bamboo Straws from bambu. Price is $8.50 for a set of six. Plus cleaning brush. Nature doesn't suck. Plastic does.



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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