You have probably seen desktop computer keyboards in different fancy designs. But they are usually made of plastic and end up in landfill when you don't need them anymore. There is a better option. Bamboo keyboards are biodegradable and sustainable. Also, their handcrafted beauty brings nature closer to your office.
In this article, we share our top 8 favorite bamboo keyboard brands.
Environmentalists have been singing bamboo's praises for a long time. From cultivation to its versatile use, bamboo has lived up to expectations.
Let's see some reasons why a bamboo keyboard is a great idea
Bamboo keyboards are more sustainable than regular keyboards made with the polluting processes required to create and mold plastic. Bamboo is a type of grass and the fastest-growing grass plant on earth. That makes it even better than keyboards made with wood, as trees take longer to grow.
There is no need to use pesticides in bamboo farming; the plant naturally repels pests. Also, farmers do not even need to keep planting bamboo after every harvest.
Bamboo naturally decomposes into organic matter after it is disposed of. It becomes soil food, unlike plastic which will remain for years, releasing toxins.
So when your bamboo keyboard and mouse no longer work, you can throw the key caps and other bamboo parts in your compost bin (after removing any metal parts). Alternatively, you can send them to any recycling center that would have them.
Bamboo has a natural resistance to bacteria and mildew. It has incredible tensile strength too. Bamboo has anti-static properties. Also, unlike plastic keyboards that often heat up to a high temperature after long use, it maintains a cool temperature.
A bamboo keyboard can go a long way to enhance your typing experience. So we hope a time will come when we can have 100% plastic-free keyboards. But a bamboo keyboard needs metal and plastic parts to conduct electricity. It is the keycaps and out shelf that are made from bamboo.
Therefore, when it's time to compost bamboo keyboards, you must break them open to remove any metal or plastic electrical components.
Keyboard size: L 15.7 x W 5.3 x H 1 inch
Trio Gato wireless bamboo mouse and keyboard set come with a bonus bamboo pen. The keyboard is elegant and compact, although it's smaller than the standard size. It has 98 keys, including dedicated multimedia keys for listening to music or watching videos.
The keyboard is compatible with Microsoft Windows 7, 8, and 10, Linux, Android, and iOS systems. It also works great with a Mac pc. The mouse and keyboard share a single 2.4GHz receiver. Trio Gato is FCC, RoHS, and CE compliant. It also goes into auto-sleep mode, so you don't have to replace batteries too often.
Symbols on the keyboard are printed with laser technology so they do not fade. Moreso, the protective gloss finish on the mouse and keyboard makes them resistant to palm sweat stains.
Keyboard size: L 15.7 x W 5.3 x H 1 inch
Mouse size: L 3.5 x W 2.4 x H 1.4 inch
Smart Tech does a great job designing the keyboard and mouse for minimalists. It’s smooth to the touch and retains a natural bamboo color. The keyboard has 113 keys which are engraved so they won't fade easily.
This classic bamboo keyboard and mouse are wireless and powered with 2 AAA batteries. Their energy multilevel saving mode ensures you don't have to replace batteries too often. Both devices are compatible with Windows 7,8 and 10, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, and most devices with a USB host port.
The single USB receiver has 2.4GHz internet speed and can transmit at a distance of 30 feet. The receiver is the only non-bamboo part of these products. Users say the keyboard works great and lasts for as long as five years. Some users also mentioned that its space bar is smaller than regular keyboards.
Keyboard size: L 11.02 x W 6.6 x H 0.6 inches
The Impecca keyboard is sleek and compact, with just 78 keys. It's perfect for anyone who wants to pair a keyboard with a laptop. It also works for smartphones and tablets. It comes in a choice of 4 colored edgings and various wood tones, perfect for the home or office.
You can use it with Windows, Android, and other major operating systems. A single charge of the rechargeable lithium battery lasts for about 30 days. To save power, the keyboard activates auto sleep mode when not in use.
The keyboard connects to your device via Bluetooth. Impressively the connection range is about 35 feet. Some people prefer backlit keys, and this keyboard doesn’t include this feature which is a drawback if you like that gentle glow around your keys.
If you prefer corded keyboards and love the Impecca brand, check out this keyboard. It connects to your computer through a USB port. It is compatible with Windows 2000 through Windows 10.
The keyboard is handcrafted and has natural wood tones. It has a 3-assignment layout, and its hotkeys include a calculator, email, browser, and mute keys. It also has three indicator lights.
Keyboard size: L 468 x W 160 x H 19 mm
Mouse size: L 110 x W 60 x H 35 mm
This elegant bamboo keyboard goes through a pressure carbonization process, making it crack-proof and durable. The surface is resistant to sweat-carried bacteria that typically spoil wooden keyboards and mouses.
The keyboard has 108 keys and also has indicator lights. There are antiskid pads and raisers to provide the utmost convenience as you type. The mouse and keyboard have cords, so all you have to do is plug and play. It is compatible with Windows 2000 and other updated versions, Vista and Mac.
Keyboard size: L 470 x W 160 x H 20 mm
Mouse size: L 110 x W 60 x H 35 mm
This handcrafted bamboo keyboard is USB compatible with Windows 98 up to the latest version. It features a 3-keypad assignment and has indicator lights. The bamboo mouse is a non-standard optical mouse with three buttons.
The connection cables are 1.8 meters long and are certified by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), European CE, and RoHS., so although they are unavoidably made of plastic, they are safe options environmentally and healthwise.
The keyboard is durable, and each button can endure up to 10 million clicks. The symbols are carved into the keys but not colored or stained for contrast. And that may present a bit of a challenge, especially for individuals with issues with sight.
Keyboard size: L 47 x W 16 x H 2.5 cm
This bamboo keyboard is set up in a standard English UK format. It has a stylish finish, retains its natural bamboo color, and has visible grain. For durability, they laser-engrave the symbols on the 101 keypads. Some users say the left shift key is smaller than they are used to. However, the devices perform smoothly without making much noise.
Batteries power the keyboard and its mouse. You can use rechargeable batteries to be more eco-friendly. To save power, both devices go into sleep mode automatically.
Compatible with any computer device, even a Mac pc, the mouse and keyboard share a USB receiver that runs at a speed of 2.4GHz.
This keyboard has FCC, CE, and RoHS health and environmental safety certificates. It also comes in 100% plastic-free packaging.
One more place to purchase a stylish natural keyboard is Ecohoy. Their bamboo keyboard is solidly constructed and has a glossy finish. The brand further promises that it is water resistant.
The compact keyboard has a number pad and multimedia keys, ensuring a great experience watching videos or listening to music. Its 2.4GHz connector has a range of up to 10 meters. You'll need 2 AAA batteries. However, there is no mention of an automatic energy-saving mode.
(note ships from India with international shipping on request)
Technology is great but comes at high environmental costs, but you can make things better by purchasing eco-friendly devices. So if you already have a bamboo pen or calculator, you can take things further with bamboo keyboards.
We hope our list of eighth stylish bamboo keyboards helps you find the right product that will have your friends admiring your workspace.
Jen’s a passionate environmentalist and sustainability expert. With a science degree from Babcock University Jen loves applying her research skills to craft editorial that connects with our global changemaker and readership audiences centered around topics including zero waste, sustainability, climate change, and biodiversity.
Elsewhere Jen’s interests include the role that future technology and data have in helping us solve some of the planet’s biggest challenges.