Handmade. Danish design.

Their mission

Not Just Bamboo believes sustainable handmade designs can change consumers' behaviours. Therefore, it challenges current production techniques, materials and designs via zero waste, holistic, cradle-to-cradle and circular economy perspectives.

Their innovative bottle Bamboo Sport was created and developed by Frantz, and is the world's first handcrafted one-piece bamboo bottle with a re-usable silicone inlay and lid. Each individual bottle is hand drilled in local Vietnamese homes, using skills passed down through families.

Their personal interests and values in eco-sustainability are not just about how cheaply a product can be made, but also on how a product can be responsibly produced, using natural materials, limiting waste throughout the production process, and supporting communities in rural areas.

Their mission is to provide access to safe filtered drinking water in developed and developing countries. They also have a partnership with the innovative water filtration company, Gravity Water.

Their story

Not Just Bamboo is a Danish social impact company, founded by longtime friends Martin Elsøe Jensen and Frantz Byrch Pedersen. Martin and Frantz are also the founders of Not Just A Bottle, established in 2015 to fulfill their own needs for a sustainable, unique and reusable drinking bottle.

After the success of Not Just A Bottle and the growing interest in bamboo products, Not Just Bamboo was launched, offering conscious consumers a larger range of sustainably sourced bamboo and eco related products.

Why Vietnam?

Frantz has studied, worked and travelled extensively throughout Asia since 2000. In 2015, he spent several months in Vietnam, visiting local handicraft villages, government officials and meeting families maintaining and harvesting local bamboo. He developed a passion and a great appreciation for Vietnamese culture and craftsmanship which is why he has a will to give back to these communities that inspired him.

His fascination with Vietnam means he keeps building strong ties with the families he meets along the way.

Why the name?

When you buy from 'Not Just Bamboo', you are not merely buying an eco-friendly bamboo product manufactured under conscious and holistic principles but you are also helping to support rural Vietnamese local economies. This means workers are guaranteed access to three fundamental human rights: food, shelter and access to safe filtrated drinking water, something we take for granted all too often.

Moreover, your purchase helps to diminish the shocking and saddening adoption of plastic and single use plastic products, which pollute our oceans and atmosphere, and which impact everyone’s health on a global scale.