how might we promote agriculture to foster a self sustaining economy in rural equatorial regions?

Bamboo is an accessible agricultural material that enables to safely transport agricultural produce, extend shelf life and clean polluted resources. It also allows for a cheap construction material and helps decrease the import of oil-based materials. Requiring little-to-no initial cost, this sustainable system can be implemented in equatorial regions to promote a circular economy based on native agriculture.

This project started in 2019, initially as an answer to help eliminate plastic waste in food transportation by substituting a natural material. Later the "bamboo container" project continued to develop as a case study of a circular economy model based on utilising native agriculture in a push to improve living conditions and improve trade.


Climate change and waste pollution affects under-developed communities disproportionately. In-line with the guidance received, this project aims to provide an innovative solution, later to be implemented on a local scale.

Upon comparison of more than 5 eco materials, bamboo emerged as an obvious choice. Bamboo’s natural qualities made it an ideal candidate for fulfilling proposed use cases.


It’s lightweight, thus easy to transport. It’s easy to manufacture because it doesn’t require complex tools. Bamboo is hollow by nature which makes it an ideal container for small to medium sized agricultural produce. The natural material is food safe, without the need for additional treatment. Growing bamboo plantations help clean polluted soil and water. As an added benefit, bamboo has by-products which enable alternative revenue for producers.


Transporting bamboo containers across countries doesn’t make financial sense, mainly owing to logistic costs and the large volume this product occupies. Inviability of exporting this product essentially limits our reach and inclusion in the global economy, however that enables to create more impact within a local ecosystem. Project narrows down on a few geographic locations: mid-Africa nations, Indonesia, Sri-Lanka.

transforming a disregarded object into a functional commodity presented a new challenge when thinking about the social and economic atmosphere this innovative solution was going to be implemented in

Considering the positive impact this could have on the local economy and trade: addressing the correct issues and opportunities is key to long-term sustainability. A study of the circular eco-system is put-together in addition to physical outcomes demonstrating functionality.


To maximise social gains from the use of this system, it has to be ensured that regular members of the society benefit by making a contribution.


In a basic overview: Farmers can plant bamboo in a specific plot alongside their fruit/vegetable farms. It can then be harvested, and sorted according to the tubular diameter. Larger bamboos are cut to be used as containers. Middlemen can then distribute the produce. The smaller sticks can find purpose as complementary building materials. Few examples are hut roof structures, chairs, wall facade, a door of any size.


Considerate towards how a local agricultural community operates in actual circumstances: This social project leverages existing jobs, while bringing a certain standard to improve flow. Each ounce of produce is a valuable source of income for these neglected households. Saving at least 30% of all fruits/vegetables bruised, damaged or lost during each leg of logistics is a meaningful addition to farmers profitability.

this was one of those occasions in which every piece of information seemed to fall right into place. The whole project just came together very naturally and intuitively.





Initiated during the Product Design course at Central Saint Martins. Development continued alongside the academic curriculum.



Sustainability, material research, systems thinking, product design, packaging design, social innovation

Explore unconventional materials and research about the ecosystem in how packaging is distributed and used. Design for the people. Promote positive change across the community it's implemented in.



Considering the social and economic context in the target market. Assembling a value proposition: feasibility and viability studies. Assumptions generated to work around unknown elements.

Outlined a sustainable system, hypothetically could be brought to life with little investment. Decreases foreign dependency on plastic imports. Decreases food waste produced while the produce is being transported from place to place in the supply chain.




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