In 2008, Bamboo Sushi became the world’s first certified sustainable sushi restaurant.
Driven by a deep commitment to environmental and social change, we set out to make an impact in this world. Setting a new standard for restaurants, we combine the values and guidelines of multiple, international organizations to ensure every plate we serve reflects our deep dedication to sustainability. As we grow our footprint of restaurants, we seek to inspire change…change in the way people eat, the way restaurants do business and the way we treat our environment.
THE NEED FOR WHAT WE DO
Fish is the most widely-consumed animal protein on the planet. Today, overfishing, lack of effective fishery management, and our own consumption habits are just a few factors contributing to a decline in fish populations across the world. According to the United Nations, 76% of our oceans’ fisheries are either overfished or completely depleted. Our generation has a responsibility to ensure our oceans can remain a plentiful food source for years to come.
HOW WE OPERATE
In all things, we seek to lower our impact on this planet and inspire others to do the same. From the design of our restaurants to our operational decisions, we consider the following: Our Sourcing – Using renewable resources, sourcing fish from plentiful populations, considering the catch method and its environmental impact Our Footprint – Considering the carbon, waste, energy, and environmental impact of our menu and operation Our Community – Ensuring that we, and those we work with, are having a positive impact on the health of their local community – no forced labor practices, contributing to local economies, benefiting developing nations Our Partners – Working with like-minded businesses and organizations that share our values, hold us to higher standards, and inspire us to constantly improve
Bamboo Sushi became the world’s first restaurant to know their carbon footprint down to the menu item. Click here to see the journey of our supply chain, and learn more about what we’re doing to remain carbon neutral.
Partnerships and Certifications
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Our sourcing begins with an understanding of individual ocean population health driven by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program. Their guidelines provide the most comprehensive guidelines available for sustainable seafood choices. Monterey Bay Aquarium
B Corporations are a new type of company which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. We’ve met their comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards, allowing us to stand out as a leader in the market.
James Beard Foundation
Smart Catch is a sustainable seafood program created by chefs for chefs with the purpose of increasing the sustainability of the seafood supply chain. Bamboo Sushi holds “leader” status within this program due to our industry-leading commitment to sustainable sourcing. James Beard Foundation
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
The MSC is the world’s leading independent third-party certification and eco-labeling program for sustainable seafood. We use their guidelines for sustainable fishing and seafood traceability to set a new standard for our industry. Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Green Restaurant Association
Being the first sushi restaurant certified by the Green Restaurant Association, they have acknowledged our dedication to sustainability above the water: a low carbon footprint, use of renewable energy and proactive approach to reducing our waste. Green Restaurant Association
Understanding our carbon footprint has led us to partner with the Ocean Foundation, supporting their SeaGrass Grow project to offset our restaurants’ emissions and restore critical marine habitats Ocean Foundation
The Ocean Friendly Restaurants program certifies those taking strong actions to reduce ocean pollution through the reduction of plastic waste, energy efficiency, and water conservation Surfrider
What is “conscious hospitality”?
We make mindful business decisions that connect environmental impact, the prosperity of our team members and purveyors, as well as the enrichment of the communities we live in. We look at business as a catalyst for change – through our partnership with B Corporation, we identify opportunities for our teams to give back to the local community, connecting with our mission in a tangible way. We invite our guests to join us in these efforts through regular events, volunteer opportunities and continued education.
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An assortment of fish
Foraging seaweeds on the Mendocino coast
Sustainable aquaculture at Blue Ocean Mariculture, Hawaii
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