Bambu calls themselves a renewable ideas company. They specialize in all things bamboo for the kitchen. Simple, clean and contemporary design solutions. I really like their collections. They have bamboo cutting boards, bamboo utensils, bamboo cutlery, plates, baskets etc.
They have Veneerware plates as a G alternative to paper plates. After they are disposed they biodegrade in 4-6 months. They’re so beautiful though, I wouldn’t want to throw them away. As much as it’s great to have an alternative and for the plates to be fully biodegradable, bleach and dye free and from a highly renewable resource, it’s still better to re-use as well.
Here is some information about bamboo and why to choose bamboo from their website:
The Perfect Non-Timber Alternative
Bamboo is Versatile Bamboo truly is a remarkable renewable resource. It is a centuries old material that has been and continues to be used by over half the world’s population for applications as varied as food, shelter, fuel and clothing. These applications make bamboo a vital non-timber, non-petroleum resource. With a tensile strength superior to steel, it is one of the most versatile and durable natural resources in the world.
Bamboo is Sustainable Bamboo plays an important role in the reduction of timber consumption, environmental and forest protection, poverty alleviation, and sustainable development of rural economies. It is the fastest growing canopy for the re-greening of degraded lands and releases 35% more oxygen than equivalent timber stands.
Bamboo is Renewable Bamboo is a highly renewable material. It is one of the earth’s fastest growing plants. Bamboo needs no replanting, grows without fertilizers or pesticides and is harvested from controlled stands with an astounding growth cycle of three to five years. Bamboo is not a wood, but a species of grass. There are more than 1200 species of bamboo in the world. Moso (Phyllostachys pubescens) is our preferred species for its versatility, renewability and beauty. Importantly, Moso bamboo is not a species consumed by the panda. Bamboo offers vital economic and ecological benefits to the lives of millions of people worldwide; providing food, fuel, housing, furniture, artisan products, and soil and water conservation.
Bamboo at a Glance
* An enduring, fast growing and truly renewable resource, it needs no replanting.
* A high-yielding, viable replacement for wood and petroleum based products.
* Important economic and ecological benefits including soil and water conservation, jobs, numerous product applications and food- more then 1000 documented uses.
* Amazingly short growth cycle, it can be harvested in 3-5 years versus 15-20, typical for many hardwoods.
* The fastest growing plant on the planet, some species can grow up to 1 meter or 3 feet per day.
* A critical element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
* A renewable alternative resource for agro-forestry production.
* Bamboo shoots provide a nutritional source of food which can be made into bread, cakes scones and cookies.
* Environmentally friendly reduction of pressure on forests through wood substitution.
* Products can be made in rural environments, reducing industrial and urbanization impacts.
* Bamboo is durable, sturdy and strong – harder than Red Oak and Maple.