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The north pole - Founder, Parameswaran K Iyer, was forced to take up a job at a very early age discontinuing school. In his own words - "My first job was upkeep of a small Apartment complex in Tiruvanathapuram, Kerala, and then I moved on to try my hand at odd businesses and trade partnerships before ending up with a well paying job at a stock market firm in Bangalore. While in Bangalore I had the privilege to learn from Susanth CS (Head of Bamboo Initiative at NID) and MP Ranjan ( Bamboo Man and NID Professor) about bamboo and its positive impact to Mother Earth. Inspired with their design work and efforts to uplift the rural economy through bamboo, I started Bamboopecker on the roof top of my friend's house under the guidance of our mentor Susanth CS.

I increasingly grew passionate about introducing Bamboo as an alternative to wood, plastic and metal to the world. Bamboo has the potential to reverse the cycle of damage most industrial era man-made materials have caused to the planet Earth. Rural India right now is a consumer of man-made material and products of it, but products made of bamboo and other natural material will make the rural India richer by making the urban populace the consumer of its goods."

The South Pole - Director, Suman Roddam, loves finding solutions to tough problems, which is what he did for many years as an engineer. In his own words - "I wanted to solve problems that were not just tough, but were real - on the ground problems. I wanted to be closer to the problem, see it first hand and find a solution for.  Cities were increasingly adopting concrete, plastic and metal made products at an alarming rate, and was becoming a norm for lack of alternatives that would align with shorter timelines. Slow design, cradle to cradle approach and circular economy was taking a backseat and at the same time the garbage problem in India was real. 

I quit my job and attended sustainable building workshops, DIY workshops, and zero waste workshops to study and research on alternatives. At one of these workshops I met Parameswaran, the north pole of Bamboopecker, who had similar values of zero waste, ethical consumption and sustainability. We are poles apart, but we agree to disagree on most matters to further a common cause - provide sustainable alternatives to products that are consumed in our everyday lives while at the same time uplifting rural livelihoods."

About Us

Using a rural India-centered and earth-centered approach, Bamboopecker though innovation and design provides sustainable alternatives to products used in our everyday lives - from the foundation of a home, to construction, lighting, interiors and furniture, kitchen and dining, home and garden, personal care and fashion. 

Rural Economy

Uplifting traditional crafts with strong branding, utilitarian designs and provide stable livelihood to it's artisans and by emphasizing the employment of women, Bamboopecker solves the often-ignored yet growing problem of waste, high-embodied carbon products and over reliance on concrete and metal.

Bamboopecker holds training courses for budding rural artisans and tribes of India, sets-up new manageable clusters that are diverse and encourages inter-cluster collaborations through free to use designs.

Natural Materials

Natural materials like bamboo, cattail grasses, kora, jute, banana fiber, coconuts and others went into oblivion during the industrial era where the main focus was inventing new man-made materials and least focus on the damage to the green infrastructure of the planet. 

We at Bamboopecker are bringing back natural material to the fore with Eco-friendly processes which have no harmful impacts on our health or environment.

Design

At Bamboopecker we draw uninhibited inspiration from nature, culture and arts in our design. 

Our design from the get-go was to bridge the gap between sustainable traditional crafts and the urban populace by ensuring that each design has a utilitarian value and an aesthetic that is current. 

The idea is to reorient the traditional skills and crafts to the modern context with new techniques and design philosophy that ensures FORM follows FUNCTION, by allowing the function to be obvious, the end user can easily determine how to use and interact with it. 

We take a cradle-to-cradle approach to every product, from the design to manufacturing to distribution.

Innovation - Machinery

At Bamboopecker, we strive to reduce manufacturing times by introducing machinery, helping artisans to produce more in shorter time.

We try to marry slow design with technology to reduce processing times. 

Machinery helps to employ the unskilled at the villages and decouples handmade from processing.

Future

In the future, Bamboopecker seeks to become an interdisciplinary and manufacturing hub, a home for product designers to design and manufacture products with natural materials and rural artisans. 

A place for policy analysts to work with government on policy recommendations to revive rural and bamboo based livelihoods and become self-reliant. 

Incorporate latest technologies to increase the scale of production and consequently make our Eco-friendly products more affordable to reach the masses. 

A go-to place to that helps various industries come up with solutions for a sustainable future.