August 2, 2009
Thanks to our partners at the Center for the New American Dream for this guest post!
"You already probably know about bamboo shirts, skirts, socks, underwear, furniture, floors, paper, sheets, towels, plates, bowls, spoons, kitchen utensils, cleaning wipes, etc. But you may not have heard of the bamboo bicycle.
Produced in conjunction by bike designer Craig Calfee and a group called Zambikes, the frame is made entirely from sustainably grown bamboo. While Calfee's design company already sells customizable bamboo bikes, the plan is to begin to grow bamboo sustainably in Zambia and have local artisans craft them into frames to be sold in the U.S. Profits will be reinvested in Zambike's projects, helping Zambians help themselves by providing local entrepreneurs, as well as medical professionals, with bikes and carts to use in delivering goods and to serve as jungle ambulances.
The best part is that this isnâ€™t an item you should buy just because it makes you feel good inside. Apparently, bamboo provides better shock absorption than the more commonly used carbon fiber and is also very crash resistant. The bikes currently on sale by Calfee come with a full ten-year warranty."
For more on bamboo bikes read New Dream's full blog post.