Playa Viva on the Pacific

Would you like to relax in the middle of nature surrounded by beautiful palm trees? This is actually possible when you stay at this hotel overseeing the pacific ocean.

www.playaviva.com

Located just 40 minutes from Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport , sustainable hotel Playa Viva offers unique opportunities for guests. The accommodation is original because it offers you the option to stay in cozy cabins . From private houses to within a spectacular treehouse, the place is ideal for those looking to unwind and enjoy a unique experience . The hotel is a favorite for any nature lover as it is located a few steps from the beach and is surrounded by plants. The rooms reflect the relaxed and natural atmosphere blending to perfectio architecture with decoration. In addition to its incredible accommodations the site has a great culinary offerings and various kinds of meditation available to make each stay a unique spiritual experience.

 

 

 

 

Bamboo Lunchbox Reimagined!

Everyone that heads up to work early and packs their lunch know about the hassle and trouble this can be! Well, maybe Prepd Pack may be the coolest lunchbox ever to be designed! Today I was having my morning coffee and stumbled on an article from Kristine Lofgreen (Inhabitat) which I really want to share with you. I'm all into healthy eating plus the bamboo design just made me love this lunchbox, I am trying to order one online!

"...Prepd is a new take on the humble lunch box that makes taking lunch to work easier and more enjoyable. The benefits of taking your lunch to work include having closer control of what you eat, helping you safe money, reducing packaging waste. However, most people find it difficult and inconvenient, so Chris Place and Will Matters created a new type of lunchbox that works with a smart app to make things much easier and more enjoyable. The pack has several separate compartments, includes silverware and is totally spill-proof, so it can easily be carried in a messenger bag, purse or backpack. Over 4200 backers have already got behind the idea to help bring the new system of preparation and transportation to life, and you can too..."




Bamboo is Better Because...

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I got this great piece from Sonja Sheasley - Corporate Sponsorship Program Volunteer- from the World Bamboo Organization and wanted to share with you. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. 

"For centuries bamboo has played an indispensable role in the daily life of millions of people around the world. Recently it has gained an increasing importance worldwide as a substitution for timber and for a wide range of other innovative products and potentials.

Bamboo is a vital resource for mankind. Its wide distribution throughout the world overlaps with hundreds of millions of people, animals and invertebrates who depend on it as a daily essential. With thousands of uses, as food, clothing, paper, fiber, shelter, and inspiration, bamboo has traditionally contributed to the multiple physical requirements and spiritual needs of mankind. No other plant has such myriad of uses; bamboo can be transformed into hundreds of products, such as shoots for food, poles for agriculture and structures, panels and composite materials for houses and buildings, versatile household products (furniture, kitchen utensils, etc), vehicles for transportation (such as boats, bicycles, skateboards, and even ultra-light airplanes), pulp and paper, fiber for textiles, medicinal and bio-chemical products, charcoal for cooking and heating, and so much more.

Bamboo serves the needs in the daily life of more than 1 billion of people, as no other plant on Earth. The global revenue from bamboo related sales is currently estimated at $7 billion, and it is growing!

Bamboo represents a unique group within the grass family with woody jointed stems. It is the fastest-growing and most versatile plant on Earth. Shoots develop into stems (called culms) from an underground root system, the rhizome .During the growing season, they emerge and expand within 2-3 months, reaching their final height in the very same growing season, some reaching 100 feet. There is no other plant on Earth with such a daily growth rate.

Bamboo is a self-regenerating raw material with a continuous production of new shoots. It does not die when it is cut down; it replenishes itself.

Ordinary trees have to be cultivated from seedlings, and need to grow for several decades to produce timber. The trees are cut and then new trees have to be planted again as seedlings to create a new forest. Bamboo grows into a forest by reproducing itself and continuously provides timber. It is a surprising resource for the future ; one that contributes to global economic growth as a green alternative to traditional timber.

The recent trend in ‘branding’ bamboo as a green material is based on the belief that bamboo holds the promise of a sustainable, cost effective, and ecologically benign alternative to the widespread clear-cutting of old growth forests and dwindling timber resources. Because of the merits of bamboo growing fast and its subsequent re-growth after cutting, it is indeed a renewable resource. And much like a giant lung, living forests breathe. It has been estimated that bamboo’s leafy canopy possibly releases 25 percent more oxygen than a comparable cluster of hardwood trees, especially since the bamboo re-grows and reproduces a canopy many times in its lifespan. In the renewing process, the bamboo plant grabs carbon dioxide from the air and holds it within its culm (stem) and root system where, in nature, it is not released until the soil in which the plant decomposes is cultivated. It is becoming generally accepted that one major cause of climate change is the rising levels of gases in the earth’s atmosphere, primarily serious is that of rising levels of carbon dioxide. Products made from bamboo take that carbon out of circulation. Bamboo products which are sustainably harvested and properly manufactured can last for many generations, keeping carbon locked up over the life of the products and helping to offset carbon usage that occurs in the product shipping distances to the end-market.

Industrial bamboo products derived using best-practice technology, (even when used in the United States) can be labeled “CO2 neutral or better”. The high annual yield of bamboo, in combination with its durable root structure which enables growth in difficult habitats such as marginal lands and eroded slopes, is one of the most promising solutions in the required shift towards renewable materials.

Due to its amazing mechanical properties (hardness, dimensional stability, etc. ) and appealing looks, industrial bamboo products compete with A-quality hardwoods. In terms of annual yield as well as eco-costs and carbon footprint, industrial bamboo products score well compared to FSC hardwood (van der Lugt et al. 2009).

Bamboo is an eco-friendly, highly renewable resource. Sustainably managed bamboo plantations can stimulate social and economic development, and serve important ecological and biological functions to improve Planet Earth."

World's First Bamboo-Fired Power Plant!!!

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Did you know the first bamboo-fired power plant is due to open in Japan early 2016?

As the article from the Wall Street Journal Says says: 'Pandas, you've got competition.' 

A company based in Tokushima (Fujisaki Electric Co.) has stated it will build the first world's fire-powered electric plant that will be fueled entirely from bamboo! Fujisaki Electric Co. has stated that they will be able to generate 15.8 MILLION KILOWATT-HOUR a YEAR at the plant...or in other words... enough energy to power 4,680 households throughout the year using the best bamboo as its primary green fuel.

Everything is easier said than done; burning bamboo has a huge setback. As bamboo has high levels of potassium, silica and other components which turn into solid crystallized lumps and stick to the furnace when burned.  Fujisaki Electric Co couldn't find any domestic manufacturers that could solve the issue, and turned to Lambion Energy Solutions, based in Germany.

Fujisaki Electric us due to spend a total of US$19.4 millions dollars to set up the power plant. The constructions is expected to begin January 2016.

 

 

BAMBOO: A NEW APPROACH TO CARBON CREDITS

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DOHA, QATAR (27 November 2012)— It is estimated that bamboo forests and plantations cover 35 to 50 million hectares today, which translates into a significant amount of stored carbon. Studies show that bamboo could be grown on many millions more hectares of degraded land in the tropics and subtropics, where it could provide additional incomes to farmers without affecting their existing crops and – at the same time – contribute to climate change mitigation. Unlike hardwood trees, bamboo re-grows after harvesting.  Growing up to a maximum of one meter per day, this renewable resource is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet and can be used to make many different durable products. With a proven track record in livelihood development, bamboo offers an integrative approach to climate change work, linking carbon markets to rural areas in developing countries.

In fact as Dr. Yannick Kuehl, the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan’s  (INBAR) climate change expert points out, “as long as the total volume of bamboo products continues to increase, the overall bamboo system is a sink, as the rate of extraction is higher than the rate of release. Furthermore, recent innovation and modern improvements in processing have resulted in bamboo products with longer life-spans, thus increasing the size of the bamboo carbon sink”.

Harnessing this potential, INBAR, and the China Green Carbon Foundation (CGCF) and the Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University (ZAFU) from China, developed the “Carbon Accounting Methodology for Afforestation with Bamboo in China”, designed to guide bamboo afforestation projects for inclusion in carbon trading or offsetting schemes in China.  To apply and test this methodology, the first bamboo plantation for afforestation credits was planted in Lin’an, Zhejiang Province, China, in 2009. Bamboo-based carbon credits are already garnering significant interest in China.  More than 10 Chinese companies, including the online retail giant Alibaba, have pre-bought a total of 8155 t CO2e on the Chinese voluntary carbon market through CGCF.

Earlier this month, the State Forestry Administration of China officially adopted this methodology to guide all carbon bamboo plantation projects in China.  According to Dr. Wang Chufeng, Chief Chinese Negotiator for Forestry at COP18, a bamboo specific carbon accounting methodology was lacking: “I am very pleased that – with the development of the methodology – INBAR and its Chinese partners have achieved this remarkable breakthrough. This will finally enable policy makers and project developers to use bamboo as an efficient tool in the struggle to combat climate change”.

Bamboos sequester significantly more carbon when they are regularly managed and harvested. This places a special importance on the post-harvest processes – the so called Harvested Wood Products (HWP).  In fact, due to bamboo’s characteristic fast growth and renewability, the carbon storage in HWP may even have more relevance for bamboos that that of trees.  Capitalizing on this potential, INBAR and its partners aim to develop methodologies that allow investors to generate voluntary carbon credits for durable and long-term bamboo credits in the form of HWP.

Building on the initial successes in China, INBAR is now poised to test and adapt the methodology in other developing countries. “We see considerable potential for bamboo-based carbon credits to expand carbon-market activities to developing countries, contributing to climate change mitigation and simultaneously promoting sustainable development” said Dr. J. Coosje Hoogendoorn, Director General of INBAR. “The official adoption of the methodology by China is an important first step.  We want to make sure that the potential is realized globally, and thus, INBAR is now working with our partners to develop a global version of the methodology and test and adapt the methodology at pilot sites in Africa.”  In June a delegation of INBAR, ZAFU and CGCF visited Kenya, Ethiopia and Ghana to assess potential pilot sites and work is expected to commence in the coming year. Mr. Sileshi Getahun, the Ethiopian State Minister, Ministry of Agriculture is one of the leaders welcoming this initiative and has offered support to “enhance the contribution which bamboo is making towards an Ethiopian climate-resilient economy”.

INBAR and its Chinese partners are not the only ones mobilizing bamboo for Climate Change mitigation. For example, also in Africa, in 2012 the NGO Food &Trees for Africa (FTFA) launched its innovative “Bamboo for Africa” programme introducing bamboo cultivation and income generation activities to low-income communities, creating sustainable livelihoods and offering cost-effective carbon offsets in South Africa.  In line with its mission as an intergovernmental network INBAR aims to cooperate with many partners including FTFA to develop a portfolio of targeted approaches and schemes linked to bamboo, which are needed to realize the potential of  bamboo specific carbon off-setting around the world.

INBAR’s work on carbon sequestration shows that well managed bamboo forests are comparable to fast-growing tree species in sequestering carbon. With an estimated 22 million hectares of bamboo forests around the world, there is great potential for bamboo to play an important role in the fight against climate change. To meet this challenge, INBAR is stepping up efforts to publicize our carbon accounting methodology for afforestation with bamboo.  We developed this new methodology together with the Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University (ZAFU), the China Green Carbon Foundation (CGCF) and the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF).

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Yannick Kuehl at +86-138 1079 5247 or ykuhl@inbar.int
Dr. Lou Yiping at +86-1391 029 4641 or yplou@inbar.int

Eco-Friendly Design with a Dutch Personality: The Bamboo Chair

Hello to all. Looking around the internet I found this incredible and beautiful bamboo chair. You can see the full article in freshmen.com (Full Link at the Bottom of the Article)

This bamboo chair is made with veneered strips of bamboo 100mm thick which are arched to create the main frame and the end design is very similar to the tub-chairs found on cruise ships.

This design was created to provide us 'bamboo lovers' a beautiful, comfortable and more importantly a sustainable chair!

The final prototyping and production of the bamboo chair was sponsored by Dutch Design Only and photo credits to Guillaume Favre.

If you have the time, I would suggest to read the whole review on the link bellow. Its amazing! 

Can Bamboo Water be our next super drink?

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Its no secret for pandas that Bamboo harvests water. Now the question is: Is Bamboo Water the next super drink?

In fact, Bamboo Water could hold nutritional properties as Bamboo pushes water from its roots to the leaves in the morning and then returns it filled with green benefits that could be both sustainable and beneficial.  

Apart from being a great business idea, if harvested sustainable, Bamboo Water could help developing countries source clean water for their use. In the end it may ensure a good source of this precious element we all need to survive.

New Sighting at our Farms!

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Hi to all! We are so excited to let you know that we have spotted spider monkeys at our forests! 

Spider Monkeys are in the verge of extinction and only found in the forests of Central and South America. The genus contains seven species, all of which are under threat!!!

Being able to keep them safe with the help of Planet Jungle is one of our top priorities. This is why we keep and protect all our rainforest areas. If you have any images of monkey that you would like to be posted on this thread, please feel free to attach as The Best Bamboo™ is committed into helping keep our rainforests and fauna alive!

'Deforestation is Not An Option'

Sustainable Low-Cost Bamboo & Solar House

Article by: Lucy Wang

Filipino architecture has long made use of bamboo, a sustainable and low cost material that has made another striking appearance on this Courtyard House in Manila. Designed by Swiss architecture practice Atelier Sacha Cotture, this single-family hose wraps around a central landscaped courtyard, a typology passed down from Manila's Spanish colonial era, Rows of vertically oriented stained bamboo poles clad the exterior of the building, and electricity is partially generated though rooftop solar panels.

Atelier Sacha Cotture stacked the living and bedroom areas into a three-story structure located at the farthest point from the access road. The first floor comprises the main communal areas, including the foyer, living rooms, and kitchen. The second floor contains bedrooms and a guest-office room, while the master bedroom sits on the top level and is wrapped around by an L-shaped outdoor garden terrace that overlooks the courtyard and pond. The entrance foyer, garage, and service area provide a privacy and noise buffer between the access road and the courtyard.

Many materials used in construction were sourced locally, including the bamboo poles, which are also used for decorative purposes inside the house. To provide a visual contrast with the rich, earthy hues of the stained bamboo, the architects lined the base of the main house and entrance foyer with Araal, a type of local granite. The stone-and-wood motif is carried through the interior, where all the windows, cabinets, and beds are fabricated with locally sourced Mahogany wood. The stone material for the bathrooms and living room were sourced from the nearby island of Romblon. 

Read more:  Atelier Sacha Cotture Clads Filipino Courtyard House in Low-Cost Bamboo and Solar Panels Bamboo Courtyard House by Atelier Sacha Cotture – Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building 

Images via Atelier Sacha Cotture

Fill up your gas tank with bamboo?

Source: SCIENCE AAAS.ORG

"2014 was a banner year for making automotive fuel from nonfood crops, with a series of major new production plants opening in the United States. However, producing this so-called cellulosic ethanol remains considerably more expensive than gasoline. So researchers are always on the lookout for new ways to trim costs. Now they have a new lead, a microbe that can use abundant nitrogen gas as the fertilizer it needs to produce ethanol from plants.

The discovery is “a major commercial accomplishment for biofuel production,” says Steven Ricke, a microbiologist and editor of a textbook on biofuel production at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, who was not involved in the study.

Scientists have long eyed biofuels as a cleaner and more sustainable alternative to traditional fossil fuels. Instead of pumping oil from the ground, researchers harvest plants like cassava and sugarcane, grind them up, add enzymes to break down the plant matter, and sprinkle in yeast. The microbe ferments sugars in the plants to produce ethanol, a form of alcohol, which is now commonly mixed with gasoline and used in cars and buses around the world.

But biofuels are controversial. The majority are derived from food crops, like corn. Critics say the increased demand for these crops could increase food prices. And although direct emissions of carbon dioxide from burning biofuels are less than those from traditional fuels, some scientists now argue that once indirect emissions from land use changes and producing the crop are considered, the overall emissions from some biofuels can actually be higher.

So in recent years, researchers have turned to nonfood crops—like trees and bamboo—for biofuel production. These crops need less fertilizer than traditional biofuel crops, and they often have less detrimental impact on the land. In an ideal world, biofuels would be produced only from plant materials that cannot be eaten, such as trees and parts of plants that are left in fields after harvest, like straw.

But there are problems. The enzymes needed to break down plants’ primary structural components—cellulose and hemicellulose—into simple sugars are expensive. To ferment the simple sugars, the microbes also need nitrogen to grow and divide. So researchers add fertilizer to their fermentation vats to boost the ethanol yields. It is estimated that an ethanol production plant may be spending more than $1 million on this a year.

The new study may offer a solution to this latter problem. Microbiologists at Indiana University, Bloomington, started with miscanthus, a type of tall, woody tropical grass that grows quickly in many places where food will not grow. But instead of using yeast to ferment their plants into fuel, they turned to Zymomonas mobilis, a bacterium also capable of doing the job. The bacteria need high levels of nitrogen to thrive, something miscanthus can’t offer.

So the researchers looked at the amount of ethanol that the microbe could produce with and without additional nitrogen fertilizer being supplied and found that it did better without it. This shows that the microbe has an unusual ability—it can use (or “fix”) nitrogen from the atmosphere.

The study, published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceseven showed that the bacterium produces ethanol more quickly and uses more of the plant material when it uses nitrogen gas than when it is fed nitrogen in fertilizer. If the same holds true in a production plant, this could reduce biofuel production costs, the authors say. The process is also more environmentally friendly, they add, because there are greenhouse gas emissions associated with producing nitrogen fertilizer.

However, questions remain about how well this process will work in a large biofuel plant. Whereas using Z. mobilis might make it cheaper for producers to use inexpensive, nonfood crops, there could also be added costs and problems, says Yong-Su Jin, a molecular biotechnologist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, who was not involved in this study. For example, it might be necessary to pump in purified nitrogen gas for the bacterium to use, which would raise costs. He said that there was a possibility that it could introduce contamination.

The overall environmental benefits may also be slim. Even if nitrogen fertilizers are not used in the fermentation process, they might still be needed to grow the crops. And the new advance doesn’t address other environmental impacts from biofuels, such as the greenhouse gas emissions from growing, harvesting, and transporting the plants. According to Fengqi You, a chemical engineer at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, further studies would be needed to consider all the environmental and economic costs and benefits of doing this on an industrial scale so that it can be compared with existing systems."

 

Not all that shines turns to gold!!

 Reforestation and Deforestation of Forests! 

Reforestation and Deforestation of Forests! 

Dear Friends and Followers,

We probably get between 20-50 emails per week asking us if we could help in buying and establishing bamboo plantations in other countries such as Nicaragua, Panama, etc. With experience in almost every country in Central America there is a reason why we decided to establish our land, plantations, treatment and export facilities in Colombia: WE DID A COMPLETE DUE DILIGENCE ON LOCAL POLITICS, LONG TERM RISK, SOIL QUALITY, RAINFALL, EXPORT LOGISTICS, LOCAL MARKET, ETC, ETC, ETC.

If you are interested in buying a plot of land and you are approached by other companies, I recommend you to study if the land & products are good for you and always read all other companies small print + ask the uncomfortable questions such as: Have you ever sold bamboo? What is the cost of treating my bamboo in order for export? What price are you paying per Linear Meter? How long have you been in business? Can you prove any sales?

I have witness many false promises of companies I cannot name due to legal reasons. So please! There is no easy business in life and yearly profits over 12% are VERY difficult to achieve. So PLEASE don't throw your hard earning money away. Bamboo is a great business if done right.

I hope you all have a nice day and please email me if you have any questions.

Santiago Perdomo
CFO & Co-Founder of Bamboo USA 
www.bamboousa.us 

 

Hackers & Web Companies with only links and no real muscle

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When you buy a bamboo product from a web company, make sure they are for real and not just an extensive web network of links and information. Do they have control of bamboo farms? Do they really have an office? Do their employees are really part of their staff?
 

Speaking with some bamboo organizations this weekend, they spoke about this and actually they are right! You might think your are buying real products from your top google ranked company, but really you are RE-BUYING from a guy sitting in a chair buying cheap Chinese products or even paying next to nothing for products he does not even has control over them!
So we encourage you to do this due diligence.
By saying Bamboo USA got hacked last night by this type of persons. Thankfully we could restore and erase the code he inserted to divert our visitors to another site. 
All legal actions will follow as we have his IP address proof of the code inserted

Bamboo City - Cities of the Future

 Arquitectura Mixta Bamboo Treehouse - Colombia

Arquitectura Mixta Bamboo Treehouse - Colombia

I have met a lot of entrepreneurs and ethical investors in my career, but never seen a Personal Banking as HSBC that is investing so much of time, resources and effort into advanced material evolution to build sustainable cities. They are envisioning that the future cities will be planted and ethically built with renewable and sustainable materials.

I wanted to bring you this incredible video that i worth watching and sharing, as it truly shows the capabilities of this incredible material and why its called "Vegetable Steel".

 




SINGAPORE BAMBOO SKYSCRAPER

 

Hi to all. Just reading my online magazine 'A As Architecture' I came across this fabulous article about a Bamboo Skyscraper Competition. The objective of the competition was to push investigation ideas on a high-rise that compromised innovation, sustainability, technology and adaptability. Obviously, the core proposals had to use bamboo as their leading material.

The first place was won by: Di Wang, Alexandru Vilcu, Richard Mui (Canada). Their future vision of high-rises just amazed the jury just as it amazed me!! Their design and concept comes from an assumption of vertical urbanism fusionend into a Bamboo Mega Structure. As the article quotes: "The result is an interesting re-interpretation of the usual concrete/steel frames using bamboo as a visible alternative to steel and glass dominated sky-scrapers.

If you would like to read the whole article and view the second and third winners please follow this Link.

Second and third place concept images:

Bamboo Update: 100% of our Guadua Angustifolia- Plantation Completed

BambooUSA is very proud to announce that we have completed the establishment of the first 14 hectares of Guadua Angustifolia in el Valle del Cauca, Colombia. This would not have been possible without the help of the CVC, Asobamu, our local community, great agro-engineers and of course the support of the local government that is promoting small land holders to plant this wonderful sustainable 'Tree'. 

As part of our commitment with nature, BambooUSA has joined forces with Planet Jungle. Keeping the rainforests alive and protected is a big step in the battle to slow down climate change. 

'Deforestation is Not an Option'.