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Dr Earl
01-04-2015, 06:46 PM
So I started about 18 months ago.
They didn't look like much, forgive the crappy light.



And today!

Those two are called Pai Kim Sung, a runner variety which produces nice edible shoots.

This one is a variety from southern China called Sericius. Excellent for construction beautiful furniture and edible shoots.



This next one is the largest specie of bamboo; Giganticus, also from southern China. Will produce 30cm diameter culms and grow up to 200 feet tall. Also excellent for construction, big beams and such. Supposedly pound for pound stronger than steel!
I didn't think he would make it, but today!

Looking pretty dang healthy now!

All told over the past year I've replanted poorly performing oil palm about 40-50 rai with different exotic specie bamboo.
I'm figuring the demand for nice aesthetically pleasing building materials will be increasing as people learn to hate their concrete houses.

Dr Earl
01-04-2015, 09:28 PM
Looks like I just got banned from TD for posting this link..what a bunch of homos!

01-04-2015, 09:50 PM
Good thread Earl like the pics of the growth of the bamboo, make sure you post more on the others as well.

Seem to remember there was TV links in the Ko Tao.:yup: and other.links to blogs other forums.:coffee:

Dr Earl
01-04-2015, 10:08 PM
Seem to remember there was TV links in the Ko Tao.:yup: and other.links to blogs other forums.:coffee:

Not sure what you mean? I never made reference to KT or TV just to this thread about bamboo.
But they've taken extreme measures to block my IP which i haven't seen before.
And for nothing more than linking the picture thread here!

01-05-2015, 01:46 AM
An odd business venture, considering bamboo grows almost everywhere and can be had for free.

Dr Earl
01-05-2015, 05:20 AM
An odd business venture, considering bamboo grows almost everywhere and can be had for free.

Not all species of bamboo are the same. Seems very few people actually pay attention.

01-05-2015, 10:10 AM
Earl was referring to the mods let you post links to other forums etc when there posted by the protected members.

Not sure what you mean? I never made reference to KT or TV just to this thread about bamboo.
But they've taken extreme measures to block my IP which i haven't seen before.
And for nothing more than linking the picture thread here!

01-05-2015, 10:15 AM
An odd business venture, considering bamboo grows almost everywhere and can be had for free.

could be unto a winner renewable energies are the future.

something i read sometime back.

From bamboo bikes to renewables: the leaders that understand sustainability

Faced with unprecedented challenges, these three leaders of tomorrow see sustainability as a core part of running a business

Bernice Dapaah’s bamboo bikes have helped create direct employment for 10 farmers and 20 bamboo bike assemblers. Photograph: Ghana Bamboo Bikes
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The business leaders of tomorrow will be responsible for tackling huge challenges, from climate change to growing inequality. Aware of the dangers these issues pose if they are not faced head on, these three leaders see sustainability as a fundamental pillar of good business. From building bamboo bikes to makingCoca-Cola (http://www.theguardian.com/business/cocacola) more sustainable, they hope to improve on the world their parents are leaving behind.

Bernice Dapaah, executive director, Ghana BambooBikes

http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-620/h--/q-95/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/12/10/1418206524203/50d34648-fb63-4725-bb4a-14a4cb090e66-bestSizeAvailable.jpegBernice Dapaah.Photograph: Bernice DapaahBernice Dapaah has ridden an unlikely path to success. In Ghana, a country beset with traffic congestion and a stark urban-rural divide, Dapaah settled on making bicycle frames out of bamboo as a route to promoting sustainable development.
The idea was to help rural people gain access to local and international markets with their finished products. The project has since created direct employment for 10 farmers and 20 bamboo bike assemblers, who are paid more than most other Ghanaians. These 30 people support households with an average of five members. In addition, 25 rural women and disabled people in two other communities, who would otherwise be out of a job or below the poverty line, have been taught to make the bamboo bike frames and now form part of the supply chain. As well as supplying foreign markets, the bikes are an affordable transport option for local people including farmers, health workers and school children.
One of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, Dapaah, 34, says that although the project is a success, she still has to fight to get her voice heard. “In my culture, where age and gender impact on social status, being young and a woman is sometimes difficult, especially when meeting potential clients or business partners who can be judgmental. However, this has never stifled my potential or discouraged me. It’s the importance of sustainability for our future that keeps driving me to overcome these sorts of obstacles,” she says. “Sustainability should be integrated into every aspect of our lives. Businesses should be accountable for the indirect unintended consequences of supply and consumption.”
Olivia Knight-Adams, environment manager, Coca-Cola Company

http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-620/h--/q-95/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/12/10/1418206055930/33bea021-8b67-4ea7-8aba-83f21b4e0bcf-200x300.jpegOlivia Knight-Adams.Photograph: Olivia Knight-AdamsOlivia Knight-Adams, 36, has packed a lot into her career so far, with jobs in sustainability spanning the charity, government and business sectors. These have taken her across the globe, from the depths of the ocean around the Maldives where she worked as a marine biologist, to South America where she managed community and conservation projects and expeditions. More recently she landed in London’s Stratford East, as sustainability adviser to the Olympic Delivery Authority.
That position led to her current job as Coca-Cola’s environmental manager, where she worked in its London 2012 sustainability team and now concentrates on sustainable sourcing and supply chain management. So how does she ensure she can deal with the global challenges she faces in her career? “By having an insatiable appetite to learn more, share more and find new ways to collaborate, understanding the validity in people’s varying agendas, especially those you don’t agree with, and devising better ways to communicate solutions,” she says.
It helps, too, that she is driven by a firm belief in sustainability as the model for global development. “Sustainability can no longer be an add-on, as a stand-alone department of any business or political party. It needs to be the very essence of how an organisation operates. We need more sustainability-literate leaders across all facets of society who can overcome the short-termism of governments and political parties, develop innovative new business models and generate enough urgency on a big enough scale to tackle the local and global challenges we all face.”
Will Dawson, head of energy, Forum for the Future

http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-620/h--/q-95/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/12/10/1418206098306/b845b5bc-a248-44ee-9043-24ae65dd3c57-680x1020.jpeg (http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/dec/10/bamboo-bikes-to-renewables-leaders-understand-sustainability#img-1)Will Dawson.Photograph: Will DawsonWill Dawson, 34, heads up the energy team at the sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future. He focuses on changing the ways that energy is generated and used, so we produce more from local renewable sources and waste less.
Community action, he says, is key. “Sustainability in the future won’t be a term we use a lot. Protecting the interests of future generations is a natural part of humanity and is as old as our species. I believe that social networks will diminish this temporary blip in the power of political parties and companies, and lead to changes that will make life better for billions.”
His team founded the Community Energy Coalition, which comprises 36 organisations, to campaign for better conditions for communities generating and saving energy together locally. Part of this work involved designing the community feed-in tariff for renewable energy and a right to buy into local commercial wind and solar projects – both of which were included in the first national Community Energy Strategy, which Dawson helped the UK government launch last January.
“The biggest challenge the world faces is to stop wasting money chasing fossil fuels when we know we can’t burn them and instead embrace renewable and efficient alternatives,” Dawson says.

01-05-2015, 11:00 AM
That Will Dawson character has the look of a child molester or a serial killer psychopath about him.

Dr Earl
01-05-2015, 04:16 PM
Interestingly there is a Thailand based bike maker up in Chiang Mai


01-06-2015, 06:15 PM
Nice, Earl....

f left up to me, I'd encircle the earth with bamboo - as there are thousands of varieties that easily adopt to every climate - tropical, temperate, alpine.


Dr Earl
01-07-2015, 12:43 PM
Yep, and you can make clothing too, I bought a nice shirt in Scotland last summer.