July 4, 2023

20 years ago, Rachel Speth left her corporate job to pursue her vision of a better way of doing business. This mission-based pursuit resulted in launching Bambu, a company that creates sustainable homegoods and eco-friendly dinnerware. Through the ups and downs of a rapidly changing global economy, Rachel has remained committed to her mission, becoming B-Corp certified, and dedicated to creating beautiful products with sustainability at their core. Read on to learn more about Rachel’s entrepreneurial journey.

Rachel Speth, founder of Bambu

I wanted to create awareness around the environment by providing affordable, plant based solutions for daily living.

Why did you start your business? What motivated or inspired you?

I wanted to create awareness around the environment by providing affordable, plant based solutions for daily living. I was inspired by the renewable material bamboo.

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What is something you know now that you wish you knew when you started your business?

Don't let the copycats derail you, stay true to your values.

Why did you decide to join The WMarketplace?

I wanted to become more involved in women forward initiatives.

What has been the most challenging thing about getting your business up and running?

Getting the right people on the bus, whether it's your internal organization or the people that play a supporting role. Shared values and commitment are critical.

What has been the most exciting or rewarding part of owning your own business?

Being a business for positive change (B Corp), there is a great deal of pride and accomplishment in this.

Don't let the copycats derail you, stay true to your values.

How long have you been in business and has your business changed since you started it?

We have been in business for over 20 years, global economics and social media have been two of the most impactful changes we've experienced.

Do you have items, photos or mementos on your desk that inspire you each day? What are they?

Past and present product developments and my favorite spoons.

Do you have any advice for other women who are getting started in business?

Do the research, get qualified financial/accounting support, surround yourself with like minded people who challenge your thinking.

If a journalist were to write a headline about you/your business, what would it be?

Plant based, plastic free solutions for everyday life!

Is there a non-profit or other social/mission-oriented business that your business supports? Can you tell us about this?

1% for the Planet is a global movement inspiring businesses and individuals to support environmental solutions through annual business memberships. We donate 1% of our sales annually.

Thank you, Rachel, for sharing your advice and journey with the WMarketplace!


Launched in 2020, TheWMarketplace is a nationwide e-commerce marketplace for women-owned businesses to sell their products and professional and personal services. Offering favorable terms to its sellers, it also is a supportive community of women entrepreneurs that have access to learning opportunities through the trademarked HER-Commerce™ programs. With over 500 women-owned businesses selling 4000+ products and services ranging from home goods to coaching, in over 35 states, TheWMarketplace empowers shoppers with a new way to find the communities they want to support, including Black-woman owned, Latina-owned, AAPI-owned, Veteran woman-owned, and more. The Her Story Q&A is one benefit TheWMarketplace provides to sellers.

Her Story: Rachel Speth of Bambu