Stumbled on this story about a bicycle company that uses bamboo as a primary material for its frame. I wondered why bamboo isn’t used more often as a raw material, as it’s an extremely renewable resource. Have you considered bamboo as flooring material, instead of wood? Or a chopping block for the kitchen?
Use of bamboo seems to be more widespread (would like to see research on this), but it would be nice to see it used in more contexts. In Thailand, one can find some vendors who use bamboo for disposable cups, in lieu of plastics. What a great idea!
I’d like to see more bamboo toothbrushes (but be sure they are ISO certified, as suggested by our friend in the industry, Ray), home furnishings, and simple household tools… The convenience, light weight, and abundance of plastics has really made it easy for us to abuse them, and our environment is taking a hit. Plastics are so ubiquitous, and we use them so mindlessly. It would be nice to see more manufacturers and retailers use natural, renewable materials like bamboo for a change.