Did you know that an innovation is only as good as it suits into the existing “established” system- a system that is based on current mashineries, customer and producer tasts but also the material it competes with. To understand how bamboo could suit into the system, I compared it to timber in German wood working practices
Bamboo straws can be used as plastic straw replacement, they are not necessarily bacteria resistant, but provide a valuable income opportunity. Learn about an entire environmentally friendly and local production process
Bamboo can play a crucial role for the European Green Deal, while also encouraging sustainable development between bamboo consumer and producer countries such as Indonesia. This paper looks at bamboo as a circular building opportunity, by identifying opportunities and barriers for its integration in the European market with a sustainability perspective. Opportunities relate to an increasing demand for bamboo as building material in Europe and Indonesia. Its mechanical features turn it into a suitable alternative to steel and other construction materials. Barriers relate to underdeveloped value chains, unclear regulations for the utilisation of bamboo and bamboos’ confusing classification as Non-Timber Forest Products in Indoensia. This makes its management, processing, legal sourcing and trade difficult.
Nestled in the north-east of India neighbouring Bangladesh, is Tripura, one of the smallest states in the country. It is home to 19 indigenous communities (known as Scheduled Tribes) that represent 30% of the population of the state. This is the story of Mira Das who makes incense sticks from bamboo and lifted her family out of poverty.
I love the fact that bamboo matures within 3-5 years, unlike cotton, does not need pesticides and helps for a variety of ecological functions. But how sustainable is the processing? Find out in my short methodological bamboo fiber processing research.
Can we create a sustainable automobile industry, by using bamboo fiber composites? Yes!
Europe and many other regions of the world are faced by growing resource scarcity and an increasing need to transition towards a more sustainable construction industry. However, many buildings are built using the same conventional materials and new materials would need to move away from the existing material lock-in. I compared current building materials with new bamboo innovations that could be used as sustainable building alternative now and in the future
“There is a growing interest in bamboo in France, and we are seeing an increasing number of requests for advice on planting large bamboo surfaces, especially for the production of biomass. ”
Bamboo plays an essential role for the provision of livelihoods, but also environmental benefits and economic value in the Philippines