Elora Hardy was a print designer at Donna Karan International, in 2010 she left her successful career and returned to her childhood home in Bali.

Over the course of the last five years, Elora and her team, Ibuku, have revolutionized bamboo construction, believing that this plant is both underused and an ideal renewable resource. They treated it with boron to make it indigestible to insects. Elora was inspired by her father John, who developed the Green School, which features majestic bamboo structures reflecting the sustainable principles the school is based on. She went on to create the Green Village, a sustainably built village that redefines what it means to use bamboo as a tool for construction.

Here’s her TED Talk


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