Indian Entrepreneur Specializes in Bamboo

Parameswaran Krishna searched online for bamboo products and realized that there was a lot of demand, but not much supply for bamboo products where he lived in India. So he decided to explore the business possibilities of bamboo.

He rented a small space for the office, hired a trained bamboo craftsman, set up a small shop made of bamboo and registered the name “Bamboopecker.” Before long they were flooded with orders, mostly for furniture and interior decor items, then later for construction projects—resorts, pavilions, farmhouses and more.

In 2015, he and some partners built their own factory, using only bamboo, mud and other traditional building materials, which later came to be used for demonstration. Business was boomiing without spending a penny on marketing or ads. Bamboo needs to be properly treated, and Bamboopecker uses Boric Borax (Boron) solution, a non-toxic mild salt to neutralize sugar components and avoid pests.

The tensile strength of bamboo is the same as that of mild steel owing to its fibrous nature. The key lies in harvesting the poles at the right time and employing the correct treatment methods. It also depends on planting the right species at the right places to optimize growth. Once treated, bamboo will stay intact for at least 20 years. Once they were approached to replace the bamboo poles at a temple in Kerala, only to find that the existing one had been in use for the past 150 years.

Bamboo can replace steel in pillars, beams, ceilings and rafters, especially in construction in ecologically sensitive areas. Bamboo construction suits earthquake-prone areas as the poles neither break like concrete nor bend like metal; they retract to the original shape after the impact. “India is still in nascent stages when it comes to the proper marketing of bamboo. We need to innovate, modernize products and bring bamboo to the mainstream. But during these COVID times, I would request everyone to plant at least one bamboo sapling near their houses,” says Parameswaran, adding, “Bamboo produces 35 per cent more oxygen than any other plant, a fact which has been scientifically proven. Let’s begin there.”

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