Bamboo is something that almost everybody knows about. Often times we think about it in stereotypical terms. You’ll see it at a Japanese restaurant. If you take a trip to Asia, you’ll probably bring back some trinkets made from it. Maybe you got really into origami and bought some bamboo placemats. The fact of the matter is this, bamboo is becoming a hot commodity. Bamboo is a grass, and is one of the Earth’s most sustainable resources. Don’t just think that it’s good for the environment. The fact of the matter is that it’s good for business also. A product that offers such versatility is starting to be utilized more in a consumer hungry marketplace.
In Battambang, Cambodia, tourists and locals alike are being taken in and taken on a ride by a one of a kind train system. The “Bamboo Train” as it’s called quietly rumbles through the countryside. The “train” is a wooden platform rigged to a small engine. The flat trolleys, lined with bamboo, is a testament to the creativity of Cambodia’s people.
John Hardy is crazy about bamboo. They’re so invested in the tropical grass, that it planted its one-millionth bamboo seedling in Bali, the country that the company was established back in 1975. John Hardy makes artisanal jewelry that is purchased around the globe. They have several offerings for both men and women. Women might enjoy a simple pair of earrings to an elaborate bamboo necklace. Men can get rings or a pair of cufflinks for a night out on the town.
Plastic drinking straws are a nuisance. That’s a strong stance to take I’m sure. We all love those bendy straws we used to drink out of when we were kids. We couldn’t imagine drinking an Arnold Palmer without a colorful straw. Straws make it easy for us to drink our favorite drinks on the go? What about your morning coffee? What would your coffee be like if you didn’t have a plastic stirrer/straw? So the problem with straws is this. There’s too many of them, they’re made of plastic, and people treat them like gum and cigarette butts.
Traffic is an integral part of American life. Often times we are most concerned about it when we are running late and it’s not moving. Or we worry about the emissions we’re putting in the air. An often overlooked byproduct of traffic and large roadways is noise pollution.
Tamboo Bamboo? It might sound like a song you’d play for your young child. Well it’s not that, instead, it will be 800 school children from England attempting to break a world record as part of the third annual BBC Music Day on June 15th, 2017. Tamboo Bamboo came from the carnival traditions of the Caribbean. It involves hammering carved sticks on the ground to create rhythms.
Rice is a staple in dishes all across the world. Whether you eat it with curry, with your Mongolian Beef, or with butter and salt, rice is everywhere. If you’ve ever eaten any authentic Asian and Indian cuisine, you’re probably familiar with edible bamboo shoots. If you’re a fan of them, then I suggest you look no further than bamboo rice.
Bamboo has been gaining traction in the field of construction for several years. Whether it’s as a way to reinforce heavy equipment used in construction. Whether it is the resource that is used in the construction itself, bamboo may just be leading the way in a green future of construction. The problem has always been, especially in the west, of adapting the technology vs the established methods. So it’s often the case that other countries are the early adopters and the U.S is the one to follow.
We’ve heard about bamboo computer monitors, bamboo computer mice, bamboo keyboards, and other computer peripherals crafted from bamboo but Taiwan-based ASUS, maker of all manner of computer components, has announced laptop computers with bamboo veneers. ASUS’ Bamboo Series features laptop computers with artisan-grade Moso bamboo paneling. Part of their Ultra-Slim line of laptop PCs, these bamboo laptops have bamboo veneer on the back of the display, below the keyboard, and even the touch pad is made from bamboo fibers.
It’s been well-documented that when given the choice, most consumers will choose an environmentally-friendly product if it is equal or superior in quality to less ‘green’ alternatives. It would seem that ASUS’ marketing department understands this very well. Not only is the laptop’s case and touch pad made of renewable bamboo, the laptop is also powered by ASUS’ Super Hybrid Engine which consumes less power and extends battery life by anywhere from 35 to 70 percent.
The poorest nation in the Western hemisphere and one that seems permanently mired in poverty, despair, and having to deal with one catastrophe after another, Haiti is a country whose many woes could be addressed with an ancient plant: Bamboo. Haiti has always been plagued by its location directly in the paths of one tropical storm after another but, regrettably, most of its problems are self-made. Overpopulation, corruption, political instability, environmental degradation, deforestation and subsequent soil erosion, are all among a litany of woes which have caused other nations to provide year after year of financial assistance to no avail.
In Haiti, even a modest rainstorm can trigger huge rock and mudslides which barrel down the steep mountain slopes and bury entire villages because there are few trees left to hold the soil in place. Once heavily forested with millions of trees gracing its mountains, experts from the United Nations estimate that only 1.5 percent of Haiti’s once lush forests remain. Most of Haiti’s trees are not cut down for cropland but for charcoal to fuel cooking fires. And after years of ignoring the problems only to see them worsen, Haiti’s political leaders have a new sense of urgency about addressing the problem. Mud and rockslides from tropical storms last August and September buried two of Haiti’s larger towns, Cabaret and Gonaïves killing hundreds and turning tens of thousands into refugees.
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