PIE Furniture

by Justin Thomas •

PIE‘s curvaceous furniture is handmade using natural materials like water hyacinth, liana, bamboo and rattan.

Ultraminimalist Furniture

by Justin Thomas •

We have to call this furniture “ultraminimalist”. Designed by Adapt using strips of bamboo (hence renewable). The pieces are portable — you can bring it to the beach or an event on grass.


Bamboo Fiber Duvet & Sheets

by Justin Thomas •

After trying bamboo fibers shirts, I’m sure sleeping under this bamboo fiber duvet would be great. You can read about the efficiency of bamboo fiber here. Bamboo fiber sheet sets are available from Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Rice Paper Whirl Lamp by Adesso

by Justin Thomas •

This lamp by Adesso has a fan-shaped, bamboo-ribbed, collapsible rice paper shade that stands 28″ tall. The metaefficiency comes through the use of bamboo and rice paper, both very light and renewable. Can be fitted with a CFL, if you like. Available for $87 from Contemporary Furniture Online.


Bamboosa Clothing

by Justin Thomas •

More bamboo fiber clothing! This time made in the U.S. and organically produced. Bamboosa is an eco-efficient company based in Andrews, South Carolina. They blend bamboo fiber with organic cotton to make an innovative range of clothing. The men’s short, pictured here, is made from 100% bamboo French terry fabric (i.e. extremely soft). Bamboosa is a sweatshop-free company, they use …

Clumping Bamboos: The Ones To Grow

by Justin Thomas •

Many people are reluctant to plant bamboo because they are afraid it will spread like wildfire and have the entire neighborhood up in arms against them. But there’s a simple solution to this problem — plant the right kind of bamboo — the “clumping” kind. The invasive kind is the “running” bamboo which probably should never touch foot in your …


Japanese Interiors: Minimalist: Adaptable: Renewable

by Justin Thomas •

Traditional Japanese houses are built with bamboo, paper, straw and other kinds of light weight wood, all of which are renewable. The houses are also made with components such as tatami mats, shoji screens and tansu cabinets. The components are fitted together without nails, and are often rearranged. For example, in the bedroom, futons are rolled up and stored away, …

Contemporary Tableware: Ekobo (Sustainable)

by Justin Thomas •

Made of eco-effective bamboo, ekobo is an elegant line of contemporary tableware designed in France and hand-crafted in Vietnam, for sale in the U.S. Apero (pictured right) is a set that includes a serving tray and a matching bowl. It is priced at $29. Available from: Illico Design