Otis & Eleanor Bongo Speaker

A natural approach to portable sound systems

As far as sustainable resources go, bamboo is often a best bet. For this reason, product design and build brand Otis & Eleanor called on the material for their new portable bluetooth 4.0 speaker, dubbed the Bongo. Launched on Kickstarter today, 3 October, the handheld speaker boasts eight hours of playback with a 30 foot playable range. Taking an organic approach to tech, Bongo relies …

Bamboo Ladies Bamboo Pickles

Three generations of pickling preserved with an all-natural recipe

Thanks to our friends at New York Mouth, we were recently exposed to the bamboo pickles from Bamboo Ladies. The curious condiment is a zesty alternative to pickled cucumbers, with a similar taste profile of dill and garlic that sets itself apart with an almost creamy texture. Carla Faw Squires inherited the recipe from grandmother and “original bamboo lady” Johnsie Walsh. After leaving a corporate …

Linha Combine Portable Table Set

Bamboo rounds stack up in an eco-friendly approach to picnics

Brazilian design company Bold announced this week Linha Combine, an all-in-one set for transporting family-style meals. During the presentation at Rio+Design, we were struck by the combination of sharp design, eco-consciousness and material innovation. Linha Combine features Bambootube, a fibrous material made from bamboo and rice husks, and the design looks to be riffing on the ubiquitous Indian dabbawala lunch tin. Cups, plates and bowls …