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Forum topic by sharad posted 12-06-2009 05:51 PM 1367 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2009 05:51 PM

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This is from an Email I received recently. Hope you will like it.
Bamboo Taxis Hit in Philippines..

In the search for a low-cost, fuel-efficient, safe,
and environmentally friendly alternative to motorcycles,
the mayor of a city in the Philippines recently rolled out
two incredible taxis crafted from one of our favorite
renewable materials – bamboo! Rustico Balderian,
mayor of Tabontabon, has commissioned the construction of
two taxis made from 90% bamboo that are powered by coconut
biodiesel – take that steel-based cars!

Bamboo is an incredible material – it is rapidly renewable,
environmentally friendly, and does not require
a ton of processing for it to be incorporated
into designs. But did you know that its tensile strength
is just as good as that of steel? This remarkable strength
makes bamboo a fitting and exceptionally sustainable
material for Tabontabon’s new taxis.

Toti Eco 1, bamboo taxi, coconut biodiesel, tabontabon,
phillipines, sustainable design, green design, transportation

The two vehicles are called the Eco 1 and Eco 2. The Eco 1
seats 20 people and can run on one gallon of biodiesel
for about 80 hours. Eco 2 works just as well, but seats
around 8. Both vehicles are made by Tabontabon’s
out-of-school youth, 90% of each vehicle is made out
of bamboo, and they are covered in traditional Filipino
woven mats called banig. Both vehicles are operating
today – now if we could only get one in blue.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 12-06-2009 06:07 PM

Haha, wow, those rigs are certainly unique!

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#2 posted 12-06-2009 06:27 PM

Very cool idea, my brother has bamboo growing in his backyard and he can’t get rid of it. He swears the roots go all the way to China. He’s poisoned, burned, dug and tried pulling them out with a tractor, to no avail. He still has it growing after 8 years of trying to kill it. So now he’s looking for uses for it, I’ll have to tell him about this.

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#3 posted 12-06-2009 06:29 PM

what a sweet idea ,
and fuel efficient too .

these are great !

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#4 posted 12-06-2009 07:34 PM

A very cute looking vehicle.

Thanks for posting this Sharad.

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#5 posted 12-07-2009 03:28 AM

I gotta have one of those plaid ones:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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