Materialistic: "Big _____!"

To borrow some memorable Jamaican quotes:

"Have you had your Big Bamboo?" (hehe)
"Big belly man, big belly man man" - Admiral Bailey dancehall song, early 90's maybe.

If you are Jamaican then you should be familiar with these famous phrases: "Big bamboo" and Big belly", yeah? If you are not...just use your imagination (smile)! While the first represents materialism of a different kind (haha), and the latter a sign of materialistic prosperity, I wanted to introduce a different in
terpretation of a design kind.

1. Bamboo bicycle = Big idea!

I recently came across an article on the Bamboo Bike Studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a product of the Bam
boo Bike Project, a program at the Earth Institute of Columbia University researching the market potential for bamboo bikes in Africa. As fans of bamboo and bikes, this idea caught our attention immediately. The project's targeted result, a factory in Ghana where locals will be taught how to utilize their own bamboo species to create bamboo bicycles, an affordable earth-friendly transportation alternative. The bike studio's mission is...

"...twofold: provide every cyclist the experience of building his or her dream bike from scratch, while advancing sustainable entrepreneurship and development through financing bamboo bike factories in Africa and South America".

Learn to make your own bamboo bike and read more about bringing more of these factories to African and South American countries here. Maybe islands of the Caribbean would like to consider this?

2. Big Belly can, big belly trash can can?

I've long ago thrown aside the association of big bellies representing success. And now, I shall toss aside all the other negative notions that replaced its predecessor with this great concept: The BigBelly Solar Compactor. The positives include internal trash compactor powered wholly by solar energy, cleaner surroundings, and the ability to store five times more garbage.

Its $3,000 - $4,000 current price tag may prevent it from reaching your neighbourhood, but hopefully with the proper funding, continued R&D, growing demand, the BigBelly company may be able to lower this over time. Ultimately though, the potential environmental and cost savings from reduced frequency of garbage collection may outweigh the cost these kinds of big bellies to a corner near you sooner rather than later. At least, Philadelphia seems to think so. The city expects to save $13m over 10 years and cut collection cost by 70%. Talk about taking the initiative!