Magical houses made of bamboo, TED talks March 2015
The bamboo revolution is growing rapidly! We wanted to share this inspiring talk with you, to show that we’re not the only ones excited about the potential of bamboo as an extremely versatile material.
In the spring of this year, sustainable designer Elora Hardy delivered a TED talk called “Magical Houses Made of Bamboo”. She started out her talk with awe inspiring images of whimsical houses built in the tropics (mostly Bali) that looked like something out of Dr.Seuss; they were curved, What was clear as she continued, is though these structures are beautiful to look at, these designs wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the material they’re made from and inspired by: bamboo.
Hardy’s passion for the material was infectious, which is completely understandable given the laundry list of benefits to using bamboo. Bamboo is a wild grass that can grow virtually anywhere there is water, and as a result is incredibly sustainable. She spoke about the 1450 species of bamboo that exist in the world, and how quickly it grows. One example she offered was a grove planted by her father, where she watched one shoot in particular grow 1 metre in three days. Over the course of three years, a whole new crop is ready for use. This is compared with one foot of growth per year for FAST growing trees (such as Red Maple).
As a building material, bamboo is strong, light, flexible, and elegant. These qualities translate when it is used to weave fabric as well. At Shoo-Foo, we know that it is durable, breathable, and more sustainable than other common fabrics such as cotton, which is why we want to share this fabric with you. It’s versatility as a building material and a plant that can be made into fibres makes it one of the most diverse plants in it’s use, and it’s rapid growth cycle makes it one of the most sustainable materials on the market today. These qualities make bamboo products we provide more worthy of investment, as they’re ethically created, and based on creative innovation and quality. Don’t take our word for it, watch the video and let us know what you think!