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Bamboo Keyboard – a green alternative

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It may sound odd, but Jiangqiao Bamboo and Wood Industry Co., Ltd, a Chinese company, is manufacturing bamboo keyboards made completely of bamboo. Since launching last October, they’ve received orders for 40,000 finished units.

China’s sole bamboo keyboard producer, Jiangqiao swears these wooden keyboards are as strong and long-lived as their plastic counterparts. “You needn’t worry that it might crack even if it drops from a one-meter-high table. Its user-life is no shorter than a plastic one,” says Zhang Lina, a sales manager for Jiangqiao.

Much of the bamboo used in the keyboards is leftover scrap from bamboo floorboard manufacturing.

“It sells well in the European and American markets, but not the domestic market for now,” Lina said.The keyboards sell for between $12 and $44.

Wonder if you have to worry about splinters? Or termites? [Via ]

Debra Atlas is a freelance environmental writer and eco-enthusiast based in Northern California, and is the Red Ferret’s Ecological Editor. Debra looks for the upside of eco-change – what’s positive, making a difference. She hunts down those interesting things cooked up by creative minds, especially if they’re strange and eccentric.

Debra Atlas – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


  • sean

    Would have to be some pretty tough termites, bamboo's some nasty stuff to work with.

  • Are the electronic components inside all green too? I thought the electrical boards has all sorts of nasty stuff on them.

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