Sure, bamboo is sustainable. But there's a whole lot of other wood out there whereby you could cut garbage out of our landfills and build new products at the same time. That's really sustainable.
Take skateboards. Anyone that skates hard has broken more than one deck. And those decks will just go into a landfill or incinerator somewhere.
Unless of course, some good-natured soul recycles them for a clever wood project. Then they'll get put to use in a second life. And that's what's happened here with these cell phone cases. A collaboration between Maple XO, a company that's been making jewelry and accessories out of repurposed skateboards since 2005, and Grove, a bamboo cell-phone case manufacturer.
Designed for the iPhone 4 and created in a limited-edition run of just 50, the cases are made from strips of old skateboards glued together and cut into shape. They definitely have the tattered, multi-colored appearance of old-skateboard cases.
It took 300 boards and about a year to pump out the 50 one-of-a-kind cases, so as you might imagine, there seems to be no plans to make this a production product. But if you really want one, numbers 0 through 9 are available via an eBay charity auction, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Starting bid is $200, and the rest have sold out. Last I checked, the lowest bid was up to $260.
You can get more info from Grove and read a little more about the painstaking, step-by-step process at Maple XO.
Via: Trend Hunter