Company Backgrounder

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PORTLAND, OREGON - bambu®  was established in 2003 with the purpose of creating beautiful, safe and non-toxic products for the whole family at home, or on the go....made from nature. bambu is founded on the concept of renewable ideas® In fact, it is so central to the core purpose of the company, we trademarked it!

The company created the 'natural disposables' category with the launch of the Veneerware® brand of disposable dinnerware receiving immediate accolades from Fortune (Best 25 Designs of the Year), and International Design magazines.  

Veneerware® stands alone as the top quality brand of compostable dinnerware. Veneerware is the only brand of disposable dinnerware that is both compostable and made from certified organic sources. Grubware® is the company's brand of portable, on-the-go cutlery, and eating utensils and accessories. 

Based in Portland, Oregon, the company also has a development and production office in Shanghai, China. Innovation is a hallmark of the company. bambu was the first to introduce reclaimed cedar from China (2012), the first to commercially sell reusable bamboo straws (2012), the first to have their bamboo source certified organic (2008), and the first and only brand to earn USDA organic certification for the company's line of kitchen and cooking utensils, cutlery and eating tools, and toddler silverware. The company is recognized as a Pioneer of USDA biobased certification. The entire line of products is certified biobased.

bambu® is a proud member of 1% for the Planet committing more than 1% of total sales to nonprofit environmental organizations. The company is a B Corp certified business since 2018, recognizing the company's commitment to transparency and positive impact across all stakeholders. bambu® is also Climate Neutral certified. The company offsets its footprint 100% and has committed to an annual reduction plan starting now. Bambu is recognized as a Woman-Owned certified business by WBNEC.

bambu has earned the highest Gold tier certification from The Green Business Network.All suppliers are governed by the company's Supplier Code of Conduct. The company's original designs are sold in more than 16 countries.

Read more about the company's values and unique approach to business in a Forbes article, How Strong Company Values Gave This Small Business The Power To Say No (And Yes) here. Watch the company's brand film, 'A Business for Good' which shares the founder's story here.