Friday, 27 December 2013

Bamboo Jewellery

Liu, Robert KOrnamentDescription: (2012): 60-65,7.

  • · discussion in the jewellery world about ethical and safe practices in mining for minerals and gems
  • · On a smaller scale, there is some thought about recycling and sustainability among jewellers.
  • · Such concepts are perhaps more applicable to organic materials, but there has been a stigma against ornaments made of such substances, except in various indigenous and certain Asian cultures.
  • · Gustav Reyes's wood and Fred Tate's bamboo/metal jewelry are notable examples of artists using organic materials 
  • · Bamboo is a fast-growing plant for which the attributes beauty and utility match perfectly; the graceful canes consisting of hollow internodes, solid nodes and high lignin content
  • · bamboo in Asian construction scaffolding for high-rise buildings
  • · soothing sounds when the wind blows, are pleasing to touch and some, like the black bamboo, even have medicinal qualities…antibacterial
  • · long history of usage and study, but there is very little in terms of their use for ornaments
  • · bamboo structure relatively intact, while Tomomi Matsunaga (1992) sculpted giant timber bamboo culms into graceful ornaments
  • · internet marketplace, there are commercially-made bent bamboo cane bracelets
  • · steambending bamboo experiment made this method not really very economical or practical, since steaming alone was about two and a half hours, with additional time needed for cooling.
  • · no cane thinner than about 0.3 centimeters diameter was used, nor could I successfully bend any thicker than 0.9 centimeters diameter.
  • · as beautiful as it is sustainable. A clump or small grove of bamboo yields more than enough.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Modified Bamboo

Modified bamboo rayoncopper nanoparticle composites as antibacterial textiles

·         M.D. TeliDescription: Corresponding author contact information, Description: E-mail the corresponding author, 
·         Javed Sheikh
·         Department of Fibres and Textile Processing Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Matunga (E), Mumbai, 400019, India

  • ·  As the awareness about health and hygiene is increasing, the demand for antimicrobial textiles is also increasing.
  • ·  growing awareness about cleaner surroundings and healthy lifestyle, a range of textile products based on synthetic antimicrobial agents such as triclosan, metal and their salts, organometallics, phenols and quaternary ammonium compounds, have been developed and quite a few are also available commercially
  • ·  water absorbency, elasticity, ion exchange capabilities, thermal resistance and resistance to microbiological attack, can be improved
  • ·  Bamboo rayon fibers have already acquired an important position in the textile industry because of the advantage of raw material being renewable as well as the properties which are suitable for application in clothing and medical textiles.
  • ·  cheaper alternative for silver salts, copper salts, with almost equivalent antibacterial activity was deployed to make antibacterial material. The knitted bamboo rayon fabric grafted with acrylamide was utilized as a backbone to prepare the composite of it with copper nanoparticles. 

Saturday, 21 December 2013

The Novelty of Bamboo

Novelty of bamboo fabric
Rajesh Mishra a
 , B.K. Behera b
 & Bishnu Pada Pal b
a. Faculty of Textile Engineering , Technical University of Liberec , Czech Republic
b. Department of Textile Technology , Indian Institute of Technology , New Delhi , India
Published online: 31 May 2011

  • · special properties such as antibacterial, absorbency, anti-UV, antistatic, cool and soft feel.
  • · various applications such as gauze bandage, medical drapes, summer clothing and towel. 
  • · 100% bamboo fabrics are giving better results compared to 100% cotton and 100% viscose fabric in terms of antibacterial behaviour and absorbency
  • · better breathability
  • · higher values of fullness and softness
   Because of the antibacterial properties, bamboo would be a great investment in medical textiles. Bamboo has great properties and a larger variation of uses.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

For the love of Bamboo

Bamboo reinforces sustainable compounds
Copyright © 2008 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • · Transmare Compounding B.V. introduced a range of new products reinforced with fibres from 100% renewable raw materials
  • · Based on polypropylene and biodegradable polylactic acid and employ bamboo fibre reinforcement
  • · ‘greener’ alternative
  • ·  Long been construction material – using fibres from core is new technology
  • · Strong, lightweight, wear resistant and low water absorption
  • · “Bamboo fibre reinforced compounds can be processed by injection moulding or extrusion in the same way as those using other reinforcements. Applications areas too are similar ranging from phone and notebook housings to furniture and automotive parts. And, they deliver the same high reinforcement properties when combined with bioplastics, such as PLA, for short lifecycle products, designed to degrade naturally at the end of their service life. Moreover, long bamboo fibres can be blended in a thermoplastic matrix to form compression mouldable mats. We have added these to our product basket and their potential is already attracting interest from the automotive industry as a next-step solution for lightweight, non-toxic interior and exterior vehicle panels”. – Robin Beishuizen
  • · Tested and trialled throughout Europe
  • · Bamboo contributes to sustainability
  • · It is a renewable, very fast growing, high volume crop and the production process to finished fibre has a very low energy requirement.
  • · CO2 generated is balanced by the CO2 take-up by new bamboo growth, making it virtually carbon neutral
Having read one journal and picked out the parts I feel are most significant, I feel a bit better about writing a literature report. Still confused though.