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The Miracle Timber

We can’t grow trees fast enough to meet the construction industry’s demand for engineered lumber. Rizome bamboo is the perfect wood alternative; it’s beautiful, sustainable, strong like steel, and its regenerative properties and ability to draw down carbon is good for the planet. Rizome is bringing the wonders of bamboo to the construction industry.

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$1,044,029.20 Raised

Rizome has a subsidiary in the Philippines incorporated as Bamboo Ecologic Export Philippines, Inc. (BEEP). Rizome wholly owns BEEP, and BEEP's officers and directors are officers and directors of Rizome. BEEP is our operational entity in the Philippines for developing bamboo supplies, manufacturing bamboo building materials, and supplying bamboo-based carbon credits. Rizome loans BEEP funds for capital equipment start-up and operational expenses, which BEEP will repay to Rizome. Rizome pays BEEP for the construction materials that BEEP manufactures for Rizome. Rizome anticipates $500K from the maximum raise of $3.93M going to its subsidiary for the purchase of bamboo pressing machines for supplying manufacturing inputs to the Florida operation, and for carbon credit development.

Rizome has common owners and executives with Bamboo Technologies, a Hawaii-based Limited Liability Company, d/b/a Bamboo Living, which manufactures bamboo buildings through a subsidiary in Vietnam known as Bamboo Hardwoods Vietnam (BHVN). Rizome sells bamboo construction materials at market rates to BHVN. Rizome has an exclusive license to a subset of Bamboo Living's intellectual property related to dimensional bamboo building products through a royalty agreement. Rizome does not anticipate any of the maximum raise of $3.93M to go to Bamboo Technologies.

Reasons to Invest

  • We believe Rizome bamboo is the “greenest” of all building materials, the demand for which is growing. Building regulations, governmental policies, and growing public awareness are driving demand for green building materials. Our engineered bamboo lumber meets industry requirements and can be used in most construction applications. It’s the perfect alternative for conventional wood products. Rizome products are made from timber-grade bamboo, an acre of which captures 10x more carbon than an equivalent-sized forest (Source). Best of all, because it’s a grass and regenerates, the poles regrow after they’re harvested. 

  • Rizome’s ability to scale is due to its partnership business model. We partner with landowners, allowing us to plant millions of bamboo plants without owning land while we retain exclusive access to the mature plants. This not only lowers our capital requirements but it also allows us to pre-sell carbon credits. 

  • Precision agriculture technology that’s being deployed in Florida. We’re providing citrus farmers in Florida with alternative cash crops as the industry continues to be decimated by disease and cheap imports. The same techniques can be replicated in subtropical and tropical regions around the world.


Building green has never been easier. Eco-friendly, planet-healing Rizome engineered bamboo products now available. 

Rizome has proven the viability of giant bamboo as a principal engineering material. We cultivate, harvest, and manufacture bamboo lumber for use in place of any wood product used in construction.

Our bamboo is cost-effective, sustainable and more fire-resistant when compared to certain types of construction woods based on a test by Omega Point Labs. Its strength and durability matched with its naturally regenerative properties makes it the better building material. With investors and partners, we hope to make bamboo a primary construction material within the next 10 years.Source

The Problem

We can’t grow trees fast enough to meet growing demand from the building industry.


Trees provide the oxygen we breathe and sequester the carbon dioxide that modern life generates. Deforestation from tree harvesting for timber, agricultural land, and other human activities; wildfires; and insect infestations are depleting our forests. Despite sustainable forestry practices, we are losing trees at an alarming rate – an estimated 15 billion trees per year, half of which are used by the construction industry. 

The building industry recognizes that bamboo is a sustainable alternative to wood, but until now, there hasn’t been a reliable supply of timber-grade bamboo lumber to meet demand. 

On November 1, 2021, 
more than 100 global leaders pledged to reverse deforestation and land degradation by 2030. The time for bamboo lumber is now. Planting timber-grade bamboo restores degraded lands, replenishes aquifers, absorbs 10x more carbon, and continues to provide fiber for lumber for up to 100 years. (Source)

The Solution

Rizome Miracle Timber. Strong, durable, scalable, beautiful, and nature’s "carbon sink."

We at Rizome are creating some of the most eco-friendly building materials from regenerative bamboo. Bamboo thrives on degraded lands, matures in 3-5 years, and regenerates when harvested – for up to 100 years. 

But for bamboo to become a viable alternative to wood it must be thick enough (timber-grade), the quality of the products must be consistent, and the supply must be reliable. Rizome plants and cultivates the giant bamboo species required to develop the products that the construction industry needs. Because we also manage harvesting and manufacturing, we control the quality and can scale production to make our products widely accessible. 

And because bamboo is nature’s “carbon sink,” Rizome is also implementing one of the largest nature-based CO2 drawdown projects in the world, a natural extension of our large-scale bamboo cultivation on degraded lands. We are planting millions of bamboo plants around the world, with the goal of removing billions of tons of CO2 from the air. 

Rizome bamboo reforestation will:

  • Help heal the planet and restore local ecosystems

  • Provide Florida’s citrus farmers whose crops have been devastated by disease with a new cash crop 

  • Support small farmers in developing countries where deforestation has ravaged local economies 

  • Provide a sustainable income for communities around the world 

  • Support the global efforts to reduce CO2 levels

Working with local governments, we partnered with indigenous communities in the Philippines, tested our cultivation techniques, developed our carbon credit monitoring system, and built a manufacturing facility. We’re creating sustainable jobs in communities ravaged by deforestation. 

With our business model and processes validated, we’re now ready for our North American operations, starting with Florida. Last year, we partnered with citrus farmers whose crops are being devastated by disease. Together, we tested and deployed agricultural technologies that enable giant bamboo to thrive in Florida and other subtropical regions. In 2026, we expect to begin harvesting the Florida plants. Meanwhile, we’ll be working on building a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that will serve North American customers. 

Rizome will generate revenue in two ways: by selling bamboo building materials to wholesale and original equipment manufacturers (OEM), and by selling carbon credits to companies who use nature-based offsets to help lower their carbon footprint.

The more bamboo we plant, the more building materials we can sell, and the more CO2 we draw down. 

the market

Green construction is no longer just a’s necessary. 

The market for green building materials is projected to grow from $217 billion in 2020 to $384 billion in 2025. The total market for engineered wood, on the other hand, is expected to grow to $400 billion by 2027. We are confident that our engineered bamboo products will increasingly be used in place of wood as fast as we can produce them. 

Meanwhile, bamboo’s ability to draw down carbon – 10 times more than an equivalent mass of trees – creates another market for Rizome. We’ve partnered with Climate Care to sell carbon credits, the demand for which McKinsey and Company is forecasting to grow to billions of credits a year. 

Last year, we started planting our bamboo with our indigenous partners in the Philippines. In October of 2021, Rizome opened its first manufacturing facility and began making engineered bamboo boards and other products for its North American customers.

why invest

Invest in the foundation for a healthier planet and the greenest building material

Plant Bamboo. Make lumber. Sequester billions of tons of carbon dioxide. This is Rizome. 

The founders of Rizome went into business to save trees, and we knew that bamboo was the answer. What we needed to do was prove the viability of bamboo as a structural building material. Success would mean a wood alternative that meets building standards, helping slow deforestation. 

Rizome is building one of the most reliable engineered bamboo products supply chains. We’re creating the foundation to supply the world with the greenest of all building products. In doing so, we’re helping farmers and their communities, saving trees, reforesting, and helping heal the planet.  

Rizome engineered bamboo lumber can be used in place of traditional wood in most building applications. Naturally gorgeous, Rizome Bamboo is strong and more fire-resistant when compared to certain types of construction woods based on a test by Omega Point Labs. And equally important, when you use Rizome, you're helping save the world's forests and restore the balance of nature through carbon reduction.

Building with bamboo makes our world better, greener, healthier. 

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We can’t grow trees fast enough to meet the construction industry’s demand for engineered lumber. Rizome bamboo is the perfect wood alternative; it’s beautiful, sustainable, strong like steel, and its regenerative properties and ability to draw down carbon is good for the planet. Rizome is bringing the wonders of bamboo to the construction industry.


Russell Smith

Russell Smith

President, CEO, Co-Founder, and Director

Russell Smith thinks of himself a Regenerative Entrepreneur, committed to promoting the use of bamboo as a renewable building material. 

Inspired by the hurricane & earthquake-proofed structures that Bamboo Living was building in Hawaii, Russell teamed with David and Fred to form a company solely focused on bringing engineered bamboo to the building industry. 

A graduate of Westminster College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Russell was previously a director at Sabre Airline Solutions, the leading software solutions provider to the aviation industry, where he worked for 19 years.

Frederick J. Murrell

Frederick J. Murrell

Chairman of the Board, Co-Founder, and Chief Legal Officer

With 20 years of corporate law experience, Fred serves as Rizome’s Chief Legal Officer. He previously served as corporate counsel of a Florida-based electric power company. 

Fred is inspired by bamboo’s strength, beauty, regenerative properties, and its ability to draw down carbon. 

He holds a J.D. from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Florida State University. He continues to serve as president of Carbon Resources of Florida, Inc. 

Mr. Murrell's primary occupation is being the President of Carbon Resources of Florida, Inc. He works 25 hours per week for Rizome.

David Sands

David Sands

Chief Design Officer, Founder and Director

David Sands’ work and experience at Bamboo Living, the prefab bamboo structure provider that he co-founded, provided the foundation for Rizome’s engineered bamboo lumber technologies and processes. 

As Chief Design Officer, David drives the development of Rizome products to meet international standards. He believes strongly that renewable building materials such as bamboo will make up the majority of construction in the near future. 

David’s interests continue to center on climate change, green architecture, and community planning. He is also an avid yogi and yoga teacher. 

He holds a Master of Arts in Architecture from the University of Florida. 

Mr. Sands' primary occupation is being the Chief Architect and Managing Member of Bamboo Living/Bamboo Technologies, LLC. He works 20 hours per week for Rizome.

Chara Panagopoulos

Chara Panagopoulos

Chief Financial Officer

Before RIZOME (aka Bamboo Ecologic Corporation), Chara was the CFO of CelebYou and Carbon Resources of Florida. In addition to providing strategic financial leadership, Chara also develops and implements policies to enhance operational efficiency. 

Chara holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the American College of Greece in Athens and an MBA in Accounting from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She is fluent in Greek.

Troy Carter

Troy Carter

Co-Founder and Director

Visionary regenerative entrepreneur, Stanford graduate and extensive background in financing renewable energy and regenerative agriculture.
Fredrick Sands, MD

Fredrick Sands, MD

Co-Founder and Director

Dr. Sands is Primary Care Physican and brings a wealth of experience to our board of directors.


Jun. 18, 2022 at 6:59 AM UTC
$10k - $3.93M
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An investment in RIZOME could offset your carbon footprint for an entire lifetime. For every investment of $250 or more, we donate hyper-efficient carbon sequestering bamboo clumps to our indigenous partners, creating a win-win-win for you, them, and the only planet we have. Join us!

$250+, we'll donate 10 bamboo clumps to our indigenous partners and offset your carbon footprint for three (3) months! You can think of this as saving a half acre of forest!

$500+, we'll donate 20 bamboo clumps to our indigenous partners and offset your carbon footprint for six (6) months! You can think of this as saving a full acre of forest!

$1,000+, we'll donate 40 bamboo clumps to our indigenous partners and offset your carbon footprint for one (1) year! You can think of this as saving two (2) acres of forest!

$7,500+, we'll donate 300 bamboo clumps to our indigenous partners and offset your carbon footprint for seven and a half (7.5) years! You can think of this as saving 15-40 acres of forest!

$20,000+, we'll donate 800 bamboo clumps to our indigenous partners and offset your carbon footprint for twenty (20) years! You can think of this as saving 40-130 acres of forest!

$65,000+, we'll donate 2,600 bamboo clumps to our indigenous partners and offset your carbon footprint for sixty five (65) years! You can think of this as saving 130-200 acres of forest!

$100,000+, we'll donate 4,000 bamboo clumps to our indigenous partners and offset your carbon footprint for one hundred (100) years! You can think of this as saving over 200 acres of forest!

In addition:

For an investment between $7,500 and $19,999, receive 5% bonus shares.

For an investment between $20,000 and $64,999, receive 8% bonus shares.

For an investment between $65,000 and $99,999, receive 10% bonus shares.

For an investment of $100,000 or more, receive 15% bonus shares.

*All perks occur when offering is complete.

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Bamboo Ecologic Corp. will offer 10% additional bonus shares for all investments that are committed by investors that are eligible for the StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. OWNer's bonus.

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3 months ago

Thank you for the recent updates. I don't know if I missed it but are allowed per the climate agreement to harvest the fruits from reforestation as long as you plant a double of your harvest? When is your next raise? Does Rizome Lamination Center have an online platform or website accessible to potential clients or customers? How can we help as investors (stakeholders) to build and promote Rizome and grow the company?



Derek Freshour

a year ago

So…… any updates on this company? Hello?



John Mickmac

a year ago

What is the latest developments at Rizome?



Furaha Bryant

a year ago

Cool!😎 V for Vendetta against🌳deforestation! I LOVE how\why's I am Bamboo-Zeal-led into this arena of amazing coop-people, lifting goals vs selling odd stock market trains & chains of thought! Thank Q Russell & Rizome⚓Rise'Aum Team8s! Let's plant other forms of mass-useful straims and raise preservationists bamboo. I've land in Texas if 'fan win' you wish to engage🧠over matters of freed Aum. Ready Russ-zeal🌱🎊🎋🌳🎋🎉🌿LIVE? 42 commenters; 43rd 'hear' for real lifelong-growth ought full of light! PS Anyone else see the squinty-eyed 'V' face in the ceiling rafters...? Just squint & LOL W😮W‼️



Iain Alexander

2 years ago

Congratulations on the X-Prize shortlisting. There are a lot of good teams competing but being in the Top-60 out of over 1,000 applicants is itself a valuable endorsement. I previously invested in the Wefunder round (which will presumably convert to equity after this Startengine round) and have also joined this round to support you in scaling up to tackle climate change.



Dhruv Mehta

2 years ago

Hi there, I have invested in your campaign as I want to support the amazing work your are doing. However, I had a question: Since there is no marketplace to sell the shares I purchased, how do I track the value of each share and how do I sell it?




2 years ago

officially denied access to verify the wefunder fundraiser funds were used as previously promised to buy equipment. from the outside it doesnt even look like $100k worth of equipment was purchased let alone $1M




2 years ago

FINRA Regulatory Notice 10-22 FINRA Regulatory Notice 10-22 states that the broker-dealer or a FINRA member is obligated to carry out due diligence on the issuer. This is a part of the fiduciary duty on part of the client or investor. Failure to comply leads to violation of Section 17(a) of the Securities Act, Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act, and Rule 10b-5 as discussed before. since start engine has not visited and verified the claims of BEEP and BEC collectively it could be claimed that they did not perform enough due diligence on behalf of the investors prior to closing on this offering




2 years ago

where are the calculations including the fuel burned during harvesting and transport? as bamboo cant return 10x or even 5x a regular forest even excluding the fuel burned



clay Kuhnert

2 years ago

Sounds great. Is not responding to potential investors a red flag?




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