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Bamboo Bikes Made In The Philippines For A Greener Revolution



Bryan Benitez McClelland is a Filipino-American social entrepreneur who chose to help Filipinos in Tarlac by establishing Bamb Ecological Technology Inc. or Bambike. “Bambike is a socio-ecological enterprise that hand-makes bamboo bicycles with fair-trade labor and sustainable building practices.”


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Bryan Benitez McClelland is the President and CEO of Bamb Ecological Technology Inc. (BAMBIKE)


McClelland is also an environmental consultant and ecotourism developer. He has a degree in Environmental Resource Management at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He eventually became involved with Gawad Kalinga where he met people who had the same passion for helping Filipinos live a quality life that is free of poverty. McClelland works with the people living in a Gawad Kalinga village in Victoria, Tarlac where poverty is rampant. Lack of education and malnutrition in children are also some of the serious problems in this area. For that, McClelland’s Bambike also helped people become self-sufficient by giving them jobs as a Bambuilder.


The Bambuilders, or skilled and talented people who are hired to make bamboo bikes, are from Gawad Kalinga. Gawad Kalinga is a community development organisation in the Philippines that aims to end poverty.


McClelland’s company not only builds bicycles. They also have programmes that provides scholarships, feeding programmes for children and also the sponsorship of preschool teachers. They also maintain a bamboo nursery to solve ecological problem of deforestation.


“Bambike is a company that is interested in helping out people and the planet, dedicated to social and environmental stewardship. Our goal is to do better business and to make the greenest bikes on the planet.”


Why use bamboo?


All over Asia, the bamboo is a popular building material for houses, furniture, durable flooring, musical instruments and cookware. McClelland’s group revolutionised the use of bamboo as a primary material for creating bicycles because it is lightweight, economical and abundance of supply in the Philippines. Bamboo as a plant is also easy to cultivate and harvest. If you need to harvest bamboo, you don’t need to cut the whole tree. You simply cut the upper part of the plant and it grows after a few months. Unlike using other tree species for a wood source, one needs to cut the whole tree down and the it dies. The harvesting of bamboo for wood material is also eco-friendly because it does not erode the soil.


In the creation of the Bambike, the builders bond together natural bamboo and abaca materials with aircraft-grade alloys. Thus, you are ensured that you are riding a durable, ergonomic and functional work of art.



Different designs to match your unique personality ☆ (Top left, clockwise) The Chopper, Mira Nila Fixie/SS and BamBMX ☆



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Author: CS Gaerlan and Marcelle Villegas


This article was originally published in this link:
Bamboo Bikes Made In The Philippines For A Greener Revolution
by Marcelle Villegas | Published: 22 July 2015


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