We are starting a new series of posts called, Meet Your Material. We do a series of posts called 'Meet Your Makers' which gives readers an at-the-source look at what we do; product development, and production process, and some of the things we focus on in creating products made from renewable resources. Our two most popular posts are HERE and HERE.
This post starts off our Meet Your Material series. A deeper look at the materials that inspire us and from which we create our range of products. Of course the first post would have to start with bamboo.
Even though we are not a bamboo company, we are inspired by this marvelous material. It has become the foundation of our company. Bamboo is the poster child of renewable materials. We bend it, weave it, laminate it, press it, shape it, and coil it. And even though it is at the core of what we do, we have since broadened our material palette to include cork, coconut, hemp, soy, and more.
Our intent was always to create from a palette of renewable, low-impact, eco-friendly materials. That's why we call ourselves a renewable ideas® company (Yup, we even trademarked it).
Bamboo truly is a remarkable renewable resource. And most people are now familiar with bamboo, and know it as a eco-friendly material. But there's more to this material. A new study provides ample evidence that bamboo has far more broad-reaching benefits than we may have thought. A new research report from INBAR strongly shows that bamboo can combat climate change.
Bamboo reduces the negative effects that changing climate patterns in 4 major ways.
- Bamboo is an excellent choice for restoring degraded landscapes. By using bamboo as a timber substitute, pressure on forests can be reduced.
- Bamboo provides livelihoods to communities at risk from climate change, especially the most marginalized communities, as crop management practices improve.
- Bamboo forests mitigate climate change especially as carbon markets start to recognize bamboo to sequester carbon at rates comparable or even better than trees.
- Communities can rely on bamboo to help recover quickly from extreme weather events, as in climate-smart housing.
The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), is an intergovernmental organization that promotes sustainable development with bamboo and rattan by consolidating, coordinating, and supporting strategic and adaptive research and development in over 50 countries. They're based in Beijing and have been around since 1995. We have worked closely with INBAR since our inception in 2003. We have participated in symposiums with academics, growers, producers and craftspeople associated with INBAR.
Bamboo and rattan are integral to the lives of 1.5 billion people, or around a quarter of the present world population. Many millions more use them to furnish their homes and in their businesses.
By restoring degraded lands and forests, soaking up carbon and supplying energy to millions of rural communities, bamboo can contribute to major reductions in carbon emissions. In China alone, the plant is projected to store more than one million tons of carbon by 2050.
It truly is a remarkable renewable resource that has numerous benefits to society.