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.
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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