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  • The product is a battery powered, bamboo incased, LED Torch. The design arose from a project attempting to replace the excessive use of plastics in household consumer electronics, in an effort to demonstrate natural, unprocessed materials ability to fit to certain required design constraints. By using the existing properties of the material; durability, flexibility, form and scale, in place of the extensive processing of artificial materials.

    Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world, and can be grown effectively in a diverse range of climates. Not only does it result in the largest component of the product being biodegradable, its natural strength and hollow form creates adequate casing in place of plastics. Through minimal, very basic production, the natural form incases the internal electrical components.

    The standard casing for the majority of existing torches, and that of most  consumer electronics, consists of injection moulded plastic, a material that requires a high energy consumption in its production and transportation. The raw material for this product, however, can be sourced locally or even grown on site at the place of assembly. Disposal could be through composting, becoming nutrients for the growth of new plants, removing the aspect of waste and addressing depleting, non-renewable resources.

    The product also makes use of the benefits of using light emitting diodes (LEDs) over traditional light sources, including lower energy consumption, longer lifetime and compactness. Implementing a combination of low-tech solutions and high-tech advancements.