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First in Bamboo: Over 20 Years of Innovation

Tom and Joanne take a break in their handcrafted chairs.


Tom and Joanne, fine-tuning a product design in their San Marcos offices.

The story of Totally Bamboo began in the land of stories… well, just north of it.

Tom and Joanne Sullivan owned Hollywood Chairs in North Hollywood, supplying director’s chairs to top movie and television productions. In a quest to improve upon their famously comfortable foldable chairs, the Sullivans began experimenting with other material options. They wanted something lighter than their existing oak chairs yet strong enough to last through the production of a blockbuster picture (and its inevitable sequels).

After exhaustive research, they found one material fit the bill better than any other— bamboo!

Bamboo has a higher tensile strength than steel yet is light enough for anyone to easily carry. Not only is bamboo a better material option, but it’s better for the planet too. Despite its tough exterior, bamboo is actually a grass. When harvested the roots remain and quickly regenerate. It’s a truly remarkable and renewable resource.

The success of bamboo in chairs led Tom and Joanne to consider other uses for this amazing material. They used their combined art and design backgrounds to invent the FIRST bamboo cutting board. This cutting board, crafted from “engineered bamboo,” was light and durable, harder than maple yet gentle on knives. With this brilliant innovation, Totally Bamboo was born!

Totally Bamboo has continued to innovate since the inception of the bamboo cutting board. After the initial Hawaiian Collection Cutting Boards, Totally Bamboo also created:

  • The First Laminated Bamboo Salad Bowl
  • The First Bamboo Boards with a Decorative Inlay
  • GreenLite™: The First Dishwasher-Safe Bamboo Cutting Boards


These innovations and more have led to Totally Bamboo’s current lineup of masterfully crafted cutting boards, beautifully designed bowls, clever utensils and smart storage solutions.

Totally Bamboo products are designed in their California headquarters and shipped and serviced from their distribution center in Texas.