About this project
The Panda Pad is a beautiful notebook, laser engraved and hand crafted in bamboo. Our vision is for a product designed for true sustainability, for a product that wholly embraces principles of cradle to cradle design and manufacturing.We are very close, but we need your help to make it a reality.
Precision and Quality. Each Panda Pad is precision laser cut from a single piece of FSC certified bamboo. They are hand assembled and finished - they feel great to hold and they're great to write with.
Beautiful. Each Panda Pad has it's own unique grain and is handcrafted with care in our Sydney workshop. You won't find a notebook like it anywhere else.
Sustainable. The Panda Pad is crafted using 100% renewable energy and FSC certified materials. When you are done with it, send it back to us and we will recover all the materials. The last piece in the sustainability puzzle is getting our elastic and binding screws in the right materials from the right sources - for that, we need you.
With your support we can create something special and set a template for truly cradle to cradle design.
So hit back this project, get your own Panda Pad, and let's make sustainability a core part of our lives.
The Important Questions
Where is it made?
We laser cut, engrave and hand craft every single Panda Pad at our workshop in Sydney, Australia.
Is shipping included?
Yes! We will send your Panda Pad to you, wherever you are in the world.
I've seen this before haven't I?
We were inspired by the use of the wooden flexible hinge technique through it's popular use in open source designs. Hackers and hackerspaces around the world are using the technique to make unusual and beautiful things from timbers and bamboo.
Who are you?
Beehive is a sustainable design lab based in Sydney, Australia. We use digital manufacturing - laser cutting and 3D printing - to make beautiful things, on demand. We are always looking for partnerships - if you have a great product that needs to be taken to the next level of sustainability, please drop us a line - yourideasmadereal at thebeehive dot net dot au
You can also visit us and subscribe to our newsletter at www.thebeehive.net.au
What makes this a sustainable design?
Cradle to cradle design means being able to use all the materials (inputs) in a product as an input into a different product. It's a shift in manufacturing towards long term thinking and genuine sustainability.
Beehive has many more products scheduled for the next 18 months. You might like to follow their progress by signing up to our monthly inspiration mail out here
What engraving can I do?
You can choose to have anything engraved on the front - not just your name! As long as the saying, motto, nickname or name fits on 1 line and is no more than 25 characters long (including spaces), then we're in business. There will be 2 different fonts to choose from, as you've seen in the video. If you prefer a plainer look, you also have the option of having your Panda Pad made without the detailed engraving of bamboo shoots that you see running across the bottom of the front cover. We'll get your requests at the end of the Kickstarter campaign.
Yes! We will send your Panda Pad to you, wherever you are in the world. This is included in your pledge.
The notebook is replaceable and can accommodate an A5 book, which is : 210 x 148 mm or 8.3 x 5.8 in
The slot is 3mm (0.118 inches), into which we slide the back cover of the notebook.
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