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Green is the New Black

Posted by Roi Avena Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Green is the new black. This was stressed during the sharing session on “Designing Product and Process for the Bamboo Industry” as presented by Carmelita Bersalona, Livelihood and Economic Coordinator and Production Specialist of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), during the 3rd IFAD-Philippines Knowledge and Learning Market (KLM 3).

“Bamboo is acknowledged to be one of the greenest materials around, and the eco movement has put the bamboo in the spotlight once again,” said Bersalona.
In the Province of Abra, Philippines, 1,500 households are involved in bamboo covering 6 municipalities, 18 villages, and 4,500 individuals.
“We looked at bamboo veneer promoted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) with resin and turned them into structural component for furniture. This will open opportunities for community based enterprises to sub-contract components for furniture makers especially exporters,” she added.

Bersalona also stressed that they have partnered with an inventor and has adopted his technology where bamboo is used as reinforcement in a low cost building system. They have even commissioned an environmental architect to envision the bamboos use for resort rooms.

“We found that the new plastic and metal technologies have displaced natural fibers woven into furniture. Resort owners are willing to pay for weather resistant and maintenance free products, specifically for decks and outdoor furniture, leaving the bamboo behind,” she added.

“We took the bamboo pole, cut it to 2 to 3 inch widths, cleaned out the nodes and the stomach, bent them into desired shapes with the help of blank holes, heat, moulds and clamps. Once shaped and cooled, the components were laminated together with resin, further milled, assembled with KD hardware and finished with weather resistant resins, putting bamboo furniture outdoors as lounges, as folding chairs and recliners, as decking boards, as stackable dining chairs and classroom desks. Moreover, we took bamboo mats and had them woven into specific sizes, laminated them into seats replacing molded plastic and plywood altogether. Bamboo is further used as lighting diffuser, bathroom tiles and counter tops,” she explained.

“We are looking to make bamboo boats in the future,” she said as she ended her presentation.
Please click on the link for the presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/vcnmciremp/philippine-innovation-in-partnership-with-inbar
By: Vherns Castilla, NMCIREMP & Ems Abasolo, ICRAF


  1. shalinikala said:
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  3. shalinikala said:
  4. This is such a great idea. I wish we can replicate it widely in India as it will especially benefit the North-East areas of the country abundant in bamboos without major product development and linkages to markets.