Simple Tools, Natural Materials
Our focus on artisanal craft is a business practice we celebrate, with each product adding more distinction to our ever growing range.
Every product holds a genuine personal touch. We find it reassuring that master craftsmanship is alive and well. Our products have been crafted by hand, often guided by tradition and family heritage.
We work exclusively with smaller, family-operated workshops with whom we have built a close, and lasting relationship with. In most cases we’ve been working with the same producers for over ten years and in one case, close to 20 years.
Founders. Jeff & Rachel reside in Shanghai and oversee the design, development and production of their China operation.
Workshops. Employ aprox 30 workers, 80% of the workforce are women and all of the workers are local residents and earn a fair living wage. We do not employ an outsourced migrant workforce. We work to fair labor practices.
Local Oversight. bambu® products are made outside Shanghai and in nearby provinces close to the company's production office in Shanghai. This enables us to make regular visits and reduce the time, cost and carbon foot print of product development and production oversight.
In selecting the raw material, we place a lot of importance on the production process. We consider to what extent this process and the product impacts the environment, for example the amount of water used in production is filtered and reused. We also use the bamboo waste from the process to fuel the small machines used to make our products. Working sustainably is very much a process of continuous improvement. Our goal is to make a product and workshop as “clean” as possible.
Our bamboo products are all produced in close proximity to our bamboo raw material source. We support traditional bamboo craftsmanship practices.
When certifications or sustainable solutions are not possible, we seek to work transparently and consciously, providing our customers with as much information about the production process in order that they can make an informed decision on their purchase.
Natural fibers such as organic cotton and renewables such as bamboo, hemp or cork are used at the heart of everything we make. bambu® uses only certified organic cotton.