INNOVATOR PROFILE

BAMBUFLEX

COMPANY INFORMATION

Founded: 2010

Headquarters: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Website: https://www.proyectomenosesmas.com.ar/

Phase: Currrently looking for a commercial partner to support formula optimization and production.

COMPANY HISTORY

Natalia Pérez founded Proyecto Menos es Más - Estudio de Diseño (Project Less is More Design Studio) in 2010 to focus on sustainable design, art, and architecture. After participating in a workshop on using bamboo in 2012, Pérez began a partnership with the Argentinian National Institute of Industrial Technology to develop a bamboo-based material in order to mitigate the effects of climate change. After 4 years of research and development, she developed a version with the properties she was looking for. Collaboration with Nicolás Cludius on formula refinement and commercialization led to the creation of Bambuflex, a leather alternative with a suede-like texture.

MATERIAL

According to company information, Bambuflex is a plant-based, nontoxic, and biodegradable leather alternative material designed to be used in fashion and accessories, as well as furniture and interior panels. Bambuflex is flexible and can be cut with basic hand saws. Using plant-based pigments, it can be dyed in vibrant colors.

TECHNOLOGY

Production process: Mechanical/Chemical

There is little information available on the process used to create Bambuflex. Company materials suggest that bamboo is harvested by hand, chopped or shredded and pressed into layers. It is unclear what is used as a binding agent. We will update this report after an interview with the company.

SUSTAINABILITY

Using bamboo as the primary input, Bambuflex is likely to be more sustainable than bovine leather. Because bamboo is a grass, it can be harvested regularly without killing the plant. Bamboo also grows readily in uneven climate conditions. Without a coating, Bambuflex is biodegradable. 

SENSORY/TACTILE

MII has not yet evaluated samples, but this material is likely not as durable as other alternatives.

CURRENT APPLICATIONS

ACCESSORIES

Images from Bambuflex

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