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You are looking at the world’s first bamboo and rattan roadster, a biodegradable car called the Phoenix. The Phoenix was created by product designers Kenneth Cobonpue and Albrecht Birkner and was built in just 10 days of bamboo, rattan, steel, and nylon. At 153 inches long, it is a small and elegant solution to a big and ugly problem: the waste created by old cars that outlive their purpose. “This project attempts to unveil the future of green vehicles using woven skins from organic fibers mated tocomposite materials and powered by green technology,” says Mr. Cobonpue. So how does it work?
The Phoenix’s biodegradable skin is designed to last the average length of time a person keeps a car (5 years in industrialized countries, 10-20 years elsewhere) so that the car doesn’t create unnecessary waste by lasting longer than its owner needs it. The skin can be replaced inexpensively if the owner wishes to keep their car longer, and the Phoenix’s frame can be easily customized for individual customers’ needs. No word yet on exactly what engine or motor will power the green car, but it is small enough that an all-electric setup should provide plenty of juice to move this work of art around town.
The newest name for vehicles is now called Personal Mobility Vehicles. (PMV) This innovative new PMV from bamboo is not available yet and is part of ongoing research by Monash Student Alexander Vittouris. His words about the BamTrike:
‘The parts required for construction of the recumbent chassis have been reduced to encompass the outer framework of the vehicle. By using large molding sections of bamboo fiber, combined with Polylactide resin, the overall assembly complexities are reduced. The philosophy behind this innovative approach is to motivate the consumer in active production of the outcome and enhance the feeling of ownership via positive contribution. The challenge of successive concepts is to find additional ways of making the raw material of bamboo benefit the intention of naturally derived personal mobility.’
It’s sporty, sleek and sexy at the same time and would be fun to troll around town in, and it looks like there is enough room to go shopping at Costco.
The innovative idea shaped into reality in California, where the bamboo stems are smoked and heat-treated to give it that extra strength to ride miles, and then is put together into a frame. The extremely durable hemp fiber lugs are joined to the various pieces and then the process of coating it with a satin polyurethane sealant begins for the successful completion of the production.
Weighing almost the same as its metal equivalent, the Calfee has a lot to offer to the environment. Bamboo being a good absorber of greenhouse gases pays its share to the environment. It is exceptionally strong, hence supports greater load than mild steel and is more flexible than carbon fiber to absorb shock well.
The Calfee is made available for users in the Eco Age shop owned by actor Colin Firth, his wife Livia Giuggioli and her brother Nicola. You can lay your hands on this biodegradable bike for £3,000.
Whether or not you’re taking work home or taking home work to the office, you need file transportation. A 4GB bamboo flash drive will transport your files safely and look good in the process.
Rustico Balderian, the Mayor of Tabontabon, Philippines, intros two bamboo-made, coconut bio-diesel powered taxis. Both are made of 90% bamboo, which is a sustainable and natural material. Furthermore, the taxis are almost fully covered in banig, the Filipino woven mat. Dubbed as Eco 1 and Eco 2, these taxis can ably carry 20 and 8 people around respectively. Spacious enough!
Fuel-efficiency is the decisive benchmark that goes on to label them fully sustainable. While Eco 1runs for 8 hours on one gallon of biodiesel, Eco 2 nowhere falls short on mileage. Eco 2 is more stylish than the other one since it touts a stereo with sound system. Well, as a matter of fact, Philippines is well ahead of others when it comes to the use of renewable energy and materials. Be it the Go Green Philippines campaign or the age-old tradition of using natural material in fashion accessories, it has outclassed others.