Bamboo bends with wind but will not break. The leaves blow gracefully but do not fall. Long after the wind passes still stands green and tall. It survives and therefore it endures.
is OUR vision
MIANZI’s vision is to revolutionize the way bamboo is seen and used by bringing India its first eco-friendly yet inventive and aesthetic bamboo-built options. We aspire to challenge ourselves by fashioning products that are not only sustainable or aesthetic but individualistically revolutionary. Though sustainability, being associated with “going without” is always belittled, we aimed to come up with products that attain both competitive edge for similar products whilst reaping benefits for the environment.
Our goal is to cogitate bamboo as a possible semi-industrial product, so while we prototype objects with it, we always try to exploit the properties of the material in an efficient way, because the objective is not only to use it as a substitute and continue producing objects the same way, with bamboo just replacing something else but to rethink the whole architecture of a product from the body to the details.
The sturdiness of Bamboo ensures maximum strength, hardness, and stability to all products. When compared to wood, bamboo fiber is 2 3 times stronger than timber*. Maple wood is one of the densest and strongest hardwoods, yet bamboo is stronger while still being quite a bit lighter.
Harvested from fully sustainable and rapidly growing forests, bamboo is an environmentally friendly, renewable resource. Bamboo is one of the earth’s fastest-growing plants that grow to maturity in 5 years or less. While other hardwood species take 10 50 years to grow back**, new shoots of bamboo come up and mature in just five years. Harvests are possible every second year for up to 120 years, with a yield 25 times higher than timber hardwoods like an oak tree, which takes at least 40 years to mature before harvesting.
Bamboo is one of the best plants on the earth to sequester carbon with its unrivaled capacity to capture carbon. It also releases about 35 percent more oxygen than equivalent stands of trees***.
To be considered as a semi-industrial material, the bamboo has to be re-shaped into flat sections. One thing we realized about bamboo is that it has high flexural strengths which can be used for bending and further applying it for creating various shapes while integrating with the geometry. To be able to work bamboo with a lot of design possibilities, we created our own methods by tweaking existing industrial machines. When we finally got perfectly flat, long sections along with the fibers of bamboo we started exploring the material, examining its technical aspects while designing and prototyping. To make the project as realistic as possible, we also developed a few industrial machines dedicated to the work of bamboo bending. The machine is based on existing industrial technology; it is an assembly of different systems to create an efficient tool. While experimenting with the material, we were able to conceptualize the various possibilities to industrially produce the prototypes.
India has the second-largest reserves of bamboo in the world. Leveraging this can spur gainful employment and income generation especially in states like Madhya Pradesh, Assam and the rest of North East India, which have more than 75% of India’s bamboo reserves and where bamboo is an intrinsic part of the local culture. The local craftsman is draining to more developed cities in search of employment that can revive their vanishing dexterities and gain employment in their localities while breathing a new life to their ancient craft, by creating designs that resonate with today’s consumers.
Featuring an unrivaled grow rate, Bamboo captures greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equivalent stand of hardwood trees and requires no chemicals to thrive. It can easily grow in arid regions and its roots remain in place after harvesting where they prevent erosion and help retain nutrients and preserve vital moisture in the soil for the next crop. This renewable resource has versatile applications, thus leaves very little waste.
Imagine a product you can assemble in a matter of minutes on your own, has impressive aesthetics, is resilient, can efficiently decrease your carbon footprint and is budget-friendly! The products which leave the user with a sense of joyous satisfaction, feeding their creative cravings with a sense of belongingness, thus, increasing the desirability factor. Enthused with the concept of Hedonistic Sustainability, these bamboo products attain a competitive edge for similar products while reaping benefits for the environment, setting sustainability a default challenge to every innovation.