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About Us

Bamboo Straw Girl is a homegrown Singapore social enterprise that aims to start eco conversations through the simple bamboo straw -- nature’s solution to nasty plastic! Melissa Lam (a.k.a. Bamboo Straw Girl) is a strong green advocate and has engaged schools, organisations and community groups in the movement against single-use plastics. Since we started, our company has provided employment opportunities or supplementary streams of income for at least half a dozen Indonesian artisans. We always focus on waste reduction and find a way to make an impact on the communities that we work in. For example, we work with independent seamstresses in a seaside village close to our grove to produce our batik pouches using scrap fabric offcuts.

We were the very first "zero-waste lifestyle" store in Singapore even before “zero-waste” became a buzzword! We aim to be as plastic-free and low-impact as we can, from production to point of sale.

We hope to inspire people to consider their connection to and responsibility for our land through thoughtfully crafted practical handmade products.

(Image credit: Lianhe Zaobao)

We started with just one product -- the bamboo straw -- and now have a full range of lifestyle products to help you on your personal eco journey. It starts small!

(Above: Mel working on straws)

We work directly with independent South East Asian makers to create our products. There is a focus on waste-reduction -- our products are all low-impact, with little to no by-products or discarded materials in the production process. We also repurpose materials where we can. Our popular batik strawkeepers and batik bulk bags, for example, are hand-stitched from fabric scraps that would otherwise be sent to the landfill or incinerator.

We believe that using all-natural products is a meditation on our connection to our land, and we hope to share this consciousness with all our customers and clients.

For wholesale enquiries, collaborations, or to invite us to your school/company/organisation, contact us at

About our straws

Our hot favourite reusable straws are handmade from whole bamboo stalks. Nothing recompressed, no additional materials. The bamboo straws that we produce are the ultimate natural straw! A smooth finish on interior and exterior surfaces makes these straws easy to clean and very long-lasting. Our straws are made to be reused

We have been pioneers in bamboo straw production since 2013. The straws we make are of high quality and reusable hundreds of times. Production is labour-intensive. Every single straw is made by hand. We never use chemicals, fungicides or any additives and our production process is low-impact and low-to-zero-waste from start to end. Know your makers -- it makes all the difference. Our bamboo sources are sustainable -- a mix of homegrown bamboo groves and wild bamboo. We never compromise on quality. Your straws are made to last.