Because bamboo is the perfect material for bicycles, people, and our planet. That part is easy. The problem has always been that bamboo bikes cost thousands of dollars, putting them well out of most peoples reach. Not anymore. We finally did it. Greenstar Bikes is proud to offer the world’s first and only affordable bamboo bikes.
1. Exceptional Properties - Strong as steel, light as aluminum, stiff like carbon yet more reliable, and naturally dampens vibrations.
2. Eco Friendly - No pesticides, no herbicides, no fertilizers. Ultra-fast growing and never killed (unlike trees) when harvested.
3. Socially Responsible - Low barriers to entry make this the perfect cash crop for emerging economies and small family farms.
4. Uniquely Beautiful - Yes it is. Extremely. The deep wood grains produce an iridescent effect. Like snowflakes, no two bikes are alike.
The secret to bamboo's exceptional properties is its micro-structure. Naturally occurring fibers of different sizes cascade into alternating patterns. These are the same properties that engineers try to create using carbon fiber.
Steel - Much lighter yet just as strong. Greater tensile strength.
Aluminum - Stronger yet just as light and more cost effective.
Carbon - Just as light and stiff, but no risk of catastrophic failure.
On top of all that, bamboo gives you the smoothest ride available due to its natural vibration dampening properties.
Bamboo is one of the most environmentally sound natural materials on the planet.
Fast Growing - Unlike trees, bamboo can grow up to 3 feet in a single day. Talk about watching the grass grow...And unlike trees, which can only be harvested every 10-15 years, bamboo can be harvested every year.
Clean Growing - Bamboo is incredibly hearty. It requires no pesticides, no herbicides, and no fertilizers. If you got dirt, water, and sun - you got bamboo.
Live Harvest - When it's time to harvest, you don't chop it down and kill it like a tree. You simply cut off what you need and the rest of the plant keeps growing. It's kind of like mowing your lawn.
Good for Soil - Bamboo is not a tree, it's a grass. It grows the same way your lawn does, by sending up shoots from its root network. This prevents soil erosion, reverses soil depletion, and benefits the entire ecosystem.
Good for Air - Bamboo is one of the best carbon dioxide absorbing plants in the world. All plants do it, but bamboo has multiple advantages, including its size and fast growth rate.
Sometimes it seems like doing the right thing and earning a living wage are polar opposites. And it's especially tough for emerging economies.
These days it feels like the industrial revolution has put profits not just ahead of - but instead of - environmental and social common sense.
Our need for cheap beef and lumber is devastating the Amazon. Over-fishing is depleting our seafood. Mining and drilling facilities tear open the earth and contaminate our aquifers. Giant industrial plants poison our families' air, water, and food supplies.
Bamboo changes things. You don't need to be a big multinational company to start farming bamboo. All you need is dirt, water, and sunlight. You don't even need pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers.
Harvesting is simple, you don't need complex machinery. Our iron bamboo is harvested by family farmers with simple knives. And there's no work to be done after the harvest: no plowing, no reseeding, no soil reclamation.
With virtually no barriers to entry, no harmful emissions or byproducts, and no complicated infrastructure needs, bamboo is the perfect cash crop for emerging economies.
The visual impact of our bamboo bike is truly stunning. The rich depth of colors and naturally lustrous wood grain makes each Greenstar bike a fully functional one-of-a-kind work of art.
Unique? Absolutely. Just like snowflakes, no two bikes are exactly alike. Each Greenstar bamboo bike is truly a prized possession.
Oh and you can ride it, too.
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