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."