Hello, I’m Anne Astorino, an independent Bamboo supplier based in Victoria. The origins of LETObamboo lie in my experience as a designer of joinery, specialising in kitchen design. I became aware of my responsibility to contribute toward the protection of timber reserves as a result . Coupled with this, was a desire to create joinery using an alternative material to the ‘business as usual’ offerings.
Considered a variety of grass, its inherent qualities held promise of answering my design requirements, especially the solid core advantages, while supporting my objective to help protect dwindling timber reserves. Bamboo plantations have the added advantage of absorbing carbon at up to 6 times the rate of trees grown in plantation form.
I began my education into sustainable, 100% bamboo ply sheets by visiting China (which is the main source of bamboo as a raw material) and interviewing 13 manufacturers. Our manufacturer of choice has a lease hold on a vast bamboo plantation and is overseen by a manager. This ensures the harvested culms are of the right maturity and that over-harvesting does not occur.
LETObamboo has secured exclusive rights to the Australian market.
Bamboo is bio-degradable so a non-toxic finish is preferable. If conditions are met, once your bamboo product has come to the end of its usable life, we embrace its’ return to us for recycling or disposal.
Bamboo ply is like hardwood in sheet form.
Because bamboo is very dense, it machines cleanly (using hand tools, lathes, CNC machinery, laser, or water-jet cutting) , sands beautifully to a silky finish, and glues easily. There are an incredible amount of uses for bamboo like UV printing, staining and finishing with a range of non-toxic products create so mnay opportunities!
Please contact us to let us know about your experience with our products – we love to learn from the many and varied applications for bamboo.
Founder of LETObamboo