Bamboo India: Replacing plastic with Timber
Bamboo India is a startup based out of Pune by Mr. Ashwini Shinde and Yogesh Shinde in 15th Aug 2016. Bamboo India aims to change the perception of bamboo from The Poor Man’s Timber to Wise Man’s timber by replacing plastic products with innovative Bamboo Products like Bamboo Toothbrush, Bamboo Earbuds, Bamboo Straw Bamboo Corporate Gift articles etc.
Social Change is an integral part of Bamboo India’s Mission. Bamboo India provides source of livelihood to artisans in rural regions, helping them improve their future. Their mission is to provide employment to more than 100 families, reduce 10 Lac kg plastic waste and set-up “BambooIndia Village” to provide common facility center for villagers.
As per their website, as of August 2020, Bamboo India has supplied more than 30 Lac Bamboo toothbrushes to more than 40,000 customers across 18 countries.
Why Bamboo ?
Bamboo is the planet’s largest grass. Native species can be found on all continents, (except Antarctica), from the coastal South Pacific islands to the Himalayan mountains. Bamboo typically reaches full height and width within the first 12 months of its life. During the next few years its cell walls will continue to thicken and grow stronger until it reaches peak maturity, usually between 5 and 7 years.
Yogesh Shinde, an agricultural entrepreneur is trying to reduce the use of plastic by manufacturing and promoting products made of bamboo through his venture Bamboo India. Their idea is to move away from the dominant handicrafts and furniture industry and use bamboo to manufacture viable alternatives to household plastic products. Their product catalogue contains an array of examples ranging from speakers, notebooks, clothes pegs, pens, desk organisers to the interesting Bamboo toothbrush.