TreeHuggers everywhere are already familiar with the environmental benefits of working with bamboo, and of course, the problems with recalls on Chinese toy imports.
That's why we were pleasantly surprised when our friend Ziva from Designist Dream dropped us a line this week, letting us know that Israeli designers from Tel Aviv's Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, are working with a Chinese toy manufacturer to design kids toys made from bamboo.
This several year long relationship has culminated in a conference and exhibition "Eco-Play With Bamboo" that happened in Israel this week; and which included Chinese, French and Chinese reps. A few years ago, fifteen Israeli design students were asked by the Chinese-based company HaPe, to design toys with bamboo. The students went to China and trained with masters and local craftsmen, and focused on toys that were suitable for children between 6 months and 8 years old, reports Designist Dream.
These prototypes (one is above) were developed and then later tested by 800 children in China's Anji County, known for its sustainable practices and love of bamboo. The prototypes are now on view at the Shenkar Gallery in Tel Aviv, until February 13.