bambeco co-founders, Carolyn Wapnick (CTO) and Susan Aplin (CEO), in an Alaskan glacier field
Bambeco was founded in 2009 by Susan Aplin and Carolyn Wapnick; it was inspired by a trip to Alaska where they saw extreme glacial recession and other impacts of climate change up close. That’s when Aplin set off on a personal quest to understand her impact on the planet, which led to several carbon reduction changes in her life.
After making household, energy usage, and commuting changes, Aplin wanted to extend her environmental values to eco-conscious home décor & furnishing purchases and discovered that fashionable, environmentally responsible home products were not available in the marketplace.
After conducting extensive market research and confirming that she was not alone (more than 59% of Americans wanted to purchase eco-responsible home products), she quickly set out to solve the market problem with a simple goal: consumers should not have to sacrifice style, price, or quality to go green.
To realize this mission, bambeco CEO Susan Aplin implemented core philosophies that continue to shape the business:
John Rodenhausen, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, with bambeco co-founders Carolyn Wapnick and Susan Aplin building oyster reef balls to restore oyster habitats
During its first year in business, bambeco partnered with the World Wildlife Fund. Since then, bambeco has formed additional key environmental partnerships and alliances including Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Aplin’s passion and love for the outdoors and our waters propels her desire to work to protect it, and is the driving force behind the company’s environmental mission focused on supporting organizations and initiatives that address climate change, water conservation, the Clean Water Act, and land preservation.
Bambeco donates time, services and more than 1% of its sales to environmental causes. The company gives each employee five hours of paid time off each month to volunteer for environmental causes.