Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Heard about BAMBIKE?  A Bike made of a BAMBOO.

BAMBIKE (Bamb EcoLogical Technology Inc.) is a socio-ecological enterprise that hand-makes bamboo bicycles with fair-trade labor and sustainable building practices. Our Bambike builders come from Gawad Kalinga, a Philippine based community development organization for the poor, working to bring an end to poverty. We are also working on a bamboo nursery for reforestation and have plans for a reef rehabilitation project. Bambike is a company that is interested in helping out people and the planet, dedicated to social and environmental stewardship. Our goal is to make better business and to make the greenest bikes on the planet.

Philippine ingenuity on display in the USA!
Photo credit to BAMBIKE
Team Bambike hangs out in the Marina District of San Francisco to check out the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.
A Bambike will be auctioned off for the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) benefit on June 10, 2011.

Bambike Builders (aka BamBuilders) are incredibly skilled craftsmen. They hand-build the greenest bikes on the planet.

Nel, Ferdie, Ramil, James, and Fred (shown from left to right) are all members of a community development program called Gawad Kalinga (GK). They live in the rural town of Victoria, Tarlac in the Philippines. Before they were building Bambikes they were working a number of par

t-time jobs, driving pedicabs, welding, farming, and other odd jobs as day laborers.

Gawad Kalinga’s mission is to build communities to end poverty. Bambike shares GK’s vision of a poverty free Philippines and contributes to the cause by hiring GK villagers, providing them with sustainable livelihoods. The Bambuilders now work full-time at the Bambike workshop, in the community where they live, close to their families.

You can visit their website at BAMBIKE or their FACEBOOK PAGE BAMBIKE 

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