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Grow your own helmet

with the
Roof R06

After Fritz commented on my post petroleum post I found an answer to his question here. It's a tad pricey at £189, or $378, especially given our plunging dollar. But the UK-made motorcycle helmet is at least a start on combining green transportation alternatives with accessories produced from renewable resources.

Why bamboo? It's the fastest growing woody plant on the planet. It grows one third faster than other tree species. Some bamboo species can grow up to 1 meter per day. This growth pattern makes it easily accessible in a minimal amount of time. The Environmental Bamboo Foundation in Bali, Indonesia lists 11 reasons:
  1. The fastest growing plant on this planet
  2. A critical element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
  3. A viable replacement for wood
  4. An enduring natural resource
  5. Versatile with a short growth cycle
  6. A critical element of the economy
  7. An essential structural material in earthquake architecture
  8. A renewable resource for agroforestry production.
  9. A natural controllable barrier
  10. An ancient medicine
  11. Integrally involved in culture and the arts.

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