Are electric cars green? The cars might be steel, plastic, rubber, paint, fabric and much of it is made from petroleum. The lighter the car, the better to make a little bit of energy go a long way and so, carbon fiber is being used more and more. Even thou carbon fiber may be recycled to some extent, it is not very green. Heavy steel might be more easily and more completely recycled than most materials. What is green, very green, grows on trees or, is a tree? Bamboo is such a material and, you might think that I am just joking but, people are starting to build cars with bamboo. I have even seen a battery in a bamboo case. Bamboo is renewable, light, strong, and biodegradable. The challenge will be to find new ways to process and use bamboo. Can we make something that can be put into a mold under pressure and still make it non toxic and biodegradable? Most things that are recyclable are not recycled. Plastic bottles are a good example of how materials that should be recycled end up in a landfill, or in the ocean. Recycling can produce hazardous waste, use energy, cause pollution and cost far more over what manufacturing new materials would. However, none of these concerns will come first. Most people will buy what is affordable first and what is green second. My next stop will be to talk to a wood technologist to see if bamboo can be crafted into a sleek sports car body or, chassis. Anyone think it can be done?