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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.

Press Releases

Best Ideas for Stress-free Hosting from CNN Jan 03, 2024
Bambu Celebrates Twenty-Year Milestone Sep 18, 2023
Bambu® Certified By the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Sep 13, 2023
Bambu becomes Climate Neutral Certified Aug 13, 2023
Go Solo - Bambu® Helping People Live More Sustainably Mar 06, 2023
Bambu® - A business case study for National Biobased Day Mar 06, 2023
bambu® Doubles Down on its Commitment to Carbon Neutrality - Every Order Now Ships Carbon Free Aug 15, 2022
bambu® is recognized as a USDA Biopreferred Program Pioneer Jul 02, 2021
bambu® Extends its Certifications with the USDA Certified Biopreferred Program Oct 16, 2020
bambu® and Air Stream Extend Their Partnership Aug 31, 2020
Time to Vote - bambu® Joins More than 700 Companies Committed to Giving Employees TIme to Vote Aug 27, 2020
bambu® Appoints Portland Nonprofit, Relay Resources for Company’s Fulfillment Services May 20, 2019
bambu® Joins Social Enterprise Alliance’s Annual Holiday Gift Guide Nov 05, 2018
bambu® Chosen as 2018 Business of the Year Finalist Sep 25, 2018
bambu® Joins 300 US Companies To Launch New “TIME TO VOTE” Campaign Sep 24, 2018
bambu® becomes a Certified B Corporation Jan 21, 2018
bambu® Introduces Newest Addition to Veneerware® Disposable Plates Nov 22, 2017
bambu® Announces Membership with 1% for the Planet Oct 01, 2017
bambu® Joins The Conservation Alliance May 02, 2017
bambu® Named 2017 Housewares Design Award Finalist Dec 14, 2016
bambu® Introduces First Ultra-premium, Pure Bamboo Single Use Napkins Jul 01, 2016
bambu® Products Selected for SustainAbility: Design for a Modern World Exhibition in NYC Jun 29, 2016
bambu® Launches New Products Made From Reclaimed Cedar Jun 26, 2016
bambu® Expands Range With New Product Innovation Apr 06, 2016
bambu® Obtains Organic Certification from CERES Mar 26, 2016

Press coverage

The team at curated a list of the 21 essentials for stress-free entertaining. Fom meal prepping to serving and storing food to cleaning up.

A roundtable of experts were tapped to provide their must-have items that make hosting a breeze

These holiday hosting essentials includes our Fancy Bamboo Plates, the line of disposable dinnerware from Bambu that has redefined disposables for over 20 years. Veneerware® is the premium brand of elegant disposable bamboo plates and accessories. 

Kate Pauley, star event planner, and founder of Create Dinners says, “It is perfectly acceptable to purchase things that will be thrown away at the end of the night. The products look good, feel good to eat from and are sustainably made." 

Best Ideas for Stress-free Hosting from CNN

CNN Underscored - January 1, 2024

“Instead of hauling out your precious china, consider using renewable bamboo plates. I like to use the 11-inch round Veneerware bamboo plates for dinner service — they are an elegant and disposable option and don’t have to be loaded into the dishwasher. I pair the bamboo plates with silver flatware.”

"Their reusable products are finished with a natural, food-grade, and certified flaxseed oil"

"the only brand out there sourcing certified bamboo, to make a huge range of handcrafted products you can cook, serve, eat, and travel with."

"A brand we have been using at social distancing BBQs."

"an excellent and innovative alternative to the usual"

"Their story is one of great passion. Find out more about their story and their challenges "

Episode 7

The Business of Universal Kindness Podcast - May 27, 2020

"If you’re looking for a non-paper alternative to plastic, these bamboo straws are an excellent alternative."

"It’s a smart and sustainable choice when it comes to things like dinnerware, utensils or cutting boards. We love Bambu’s mission to provide beautiful and non-toxic products for the whole family."

"Every decision, every interaction, every communication is done with thoughtfulness. The idea of ‘B the Change’ is incorporated into our day-to-day. We work at creating a culture of excellence, of empowerment and of transparency."

Fantastic B Corps

My Corporation - October 24, 2018

"If 100% all natural is your preferred avenue, Bambu straws may be the choice for you."

How (and Why) to Stop Using Plastic Straws

Avocado Green - July 23, 2018

"Party hosts who want to reduce plastic waste can turn to bambu's bamboo straws"

Get Ready for Summer Cocktail Parties

Kitchenware News - June 26, 2018

"Time to rethink what a picnic can be. There's not a traditional sandwich or salad to be found....And no paper plates or napkins, either."

Modern Picnic

Family Circle - June 02, 2018

"A reusable, recyclable, BPA-free coffee mug like KeepCup or Stojo combined with reusable, bamboo utensils by Bambu can help curb carbon footprints while keeping adventurers caffeinated and well-fed."

Gifts for the Eco-Minded Traveler

National Geographic - December 10, 2017

"Our new Fancy plate adds an element of elegance not seen before in disposable dinner plates"

"the bamboo fork, knife, and spoon look so handsome that we find excuses to use them all the time."

"Cooking at home is a great way to bring more nature into your life, especially if you focus on plant-friendly dishes."

"Whether you need a hostess gift or stocking stuffer, these hand-sanded and oil finished bamboo coasters stamped with a bike are fun and functional."

Great Cycling Gifts for Under $30

Bicycling Magazine - October 30, 2017

"Set a Hip Table. Add some eco-consciousness to your carousing with these organic, compostable bamboo utensils."

What You Need for the Best Tailgate Party Ever

Chicago Tribune - September 11, 2017

"Pass on plastic and embrace bamboo on your next remote backpacking trip. This 11” “garden” trowel digs cat holes as well as it digs carrots. It’s made from a single piece of sustainably harvested organic bamboo, with no additives, glues, or anything else."

"...made with certified organic bamboo. Each utensil is hand-shaped from a single piece of bamboo."

First Look: Upcoming 2018 Outdoors Gear

Gear Junkie - July 19, 2017

"The range of plates, trays, bowls, cutlery, and appetizer tools is the perfect choice for an elegant and eco-friendly dinnerware solution that provides you with a “no fuss” clean up"

Summertime Lifestyle Gift Guide 2017

Splash Magazine - June 26, 2017

"We were happy to find Bambu, a brand that makes compostable products....plates are much sturdier than the standard paper plates, and when the night is over, you can compost them and give a little back to Mother Earth"

Summer Entertaining Made Easy

Lux and Concord - June 23, 2017

"Plastic flatware rarely gets the job done, so ditch the flimsy stuff in favor of Bambu Utensil Travel Sets with Eco-Conscious Pouches. The reusable bamboo fork and knife will power through anything..."

Picnic Game Changers

Rachael Ray Every Day - June 01, 2017

"Others may have followed our lead, or replicated our products. But people can’t replicate our passion and execution."

"Coasters upcycled from hand-selected cedar wood planks reclaimed from 70-year old Chinese houses"

Crafting the Ultimate Bar Scene

Gifts and Decorative Accessories - May 10, 2017

"They’re 100% organic, FDA food safe, compostable, and pretty darn cute (look at those sporks!)"

"Bambu is a leader in sustainability, and their products are beautifully simple and simply beautiful. Recognized for their modern and sleek design, the eco-friendly products are a cinch to carry and clean."

"Their products—and their operational philosophies—not only send the message that plastic is unacceptable, but also that solutions lie in natural, biodegradable, and compostable materials."

Picnic Sans Plastic

Sierra - April 05, 2017

"This company specializes in beautifully designed – and cost-effective – items for the kitchen and dining room. If you’re planning an al fresco party, they have plates, serveware, utensils and more. All of their items are designed in a clean, modern style that would meet with even Scandinavian approval"

"Are you an impatient, hangry, toast lover like I am? Do you clutch with eager fingers at things which are too hot?"

" of my absolute favorite tools."

"What's to Love - bambu Gardening Kit - Garden Tools Made From Plants"

Style - Tools and Toys

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - February 04, 2017

"The Las Vegas Market is an increasingly important event showcasing brands that define the latest trends. It only makes sense for our brand to be here."

bambu Opens Permanent Showroom in Las Vegas

Gourmet Insider - January 22, 2017

bambu Adds New Kitchen Tools for 2017

Homeworld Business - January 09, 2017

"For those friends who live for creating meal-time masterpieces, we've found the 17 best gifts to help them season, prep and garnish the season's dishes like a pro. Bon Appetit. "

"The design community comes together here to see the latest in product and architecture design ideas. Our Eco Travel Pouches and Reclaimed Cedar Trays featured here."

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Architizer - November 28, 2016

"Unique products that use bamboo and hemp fiber in cool and creative ways."

Local Portland company is All About Sustainability

Garden Time TV - November 22, 2016

"Reach for these reusable bamboo straws from Bambu and ditch disposable straws forever"

Cool Outrageous Stuff

Green Living magazine - November 06, 2016

"Avoid Disposables. Instead bring reusable water bottles, cutlery and shopping bags. Try Bambu's certified organic utensils sets. "

Eco Friendly Things to Pack

SilverKris (Singapore Airlines) - October 02, 2016

"We are not a bamboo company, we are merely inspired by a marvelous material that is the foundation of our company. Today our palette of materials has extended to hemp, organic cotton, cork, soy and reclaimed cedar."


A Business for Good' brand film. The back story about bambu® and its founders.

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Starting and running a sustainable business. A talk with bambu® founders Jeff Delkin & Rachel Speth

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Sustainable business practices: Progress and success is measured by incremental gains.

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Adversity Reveals Character

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bambu Video Series - Everything matters

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bambu Video Series - More than a product

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bambu - The Making of the Spork

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