In the Philippines, you can find gigantic bamboo plants deep within the tropical jungles, mountains, and even near the rice paddies. Many Filipinos use this bamboo to make "Kerosene Bamboo Cannons", which they use as an alternative to firecrackers, during Christmas and the New Year.
After their unique premium sound system made from bamboo charcoal, bamboo fibre and resin, Lexus has now revealed their newest invention: the Bamboo Steering Wheel.
Imagine if all Central and South American homes, offices and sheds would use corrugated roofs made from bamboo instead of zinc or plastic, and imagine if all these roofs were produced from locally available native bamboo forests and plantations...
Bamboo polo balls where made and used during most of the 20th century, as they were stronger than wooden balls. They originate from India where the sport was introduced by the British in the 1870's. These days, polo balls are usually made from high-impact plastic or fiberglass to establish a uniform weight and durability.
Bamboo greenhouses are very popular among farming communities in the tropics because a bamboo greenhouse is much more economical to build, operate and maintain compared to conventional steel framed greenhouses.
The modern view of bamboo is quickly changing, as bamboo fibers can be made into various textiles such as pants, shirts, dresses, children’s clothes, towels, and sheets is gaining popularity.
Marco Polo was the first to reveal the domestic value and importance of bamboo to the Western World trough his historic travels in Asia. Among many other discoveries, he described how the Chinese used and manufactured bamboo cables for towing boats.
Afghani designer Massoud Hassani invented a wind powered bamboo minesweeper that can potentially save thousands of lives. Mine Kafon is a revolutionary landmine clearer/detonator that is very cheap to make, and could save many lives in countries troubled by landmines.
Can this electric powered bamboo tricycle provide solutions to traffic congestion and air pollution in China? British expats are hoping to ease traffic congestion, parking and pollution problems with their new eco-friendly "Bamboo Treecycle" invention which is proving to be a big hit.
Throughout history, farmers have used bamboo for a multitude of purposes. From rural housing to water pipes, fences and trellis, props, cooking utensils, baskets and buckets, animal sheds and pens, greenhouses, fertilizer, and the list goes on and on.