The mountain pine beetle (MPB) is the most destructive pest of mature pine forests in North America. Adult beetles carry blue-stain fungus into the tree, which after a few months, discolors the outer wood a bluish-silver, clogs the tree’s circulation of water and nutrients and ultimately kills it. The founders of Bad Beetle™ own Montana ranchland that has lost 22,000 trees to an outbreak of MPB. The choice was to either slash-and-burn the trees or to utilize the resource for making stunningly unique, blue-stain Apple® accessories. The decision was easy. Bad Beetle was born. Bad Beetle Accessories include:
iPhone Replacement Backs
iPad Case and Stand
iPad Breakaway Stand
MacBook Pro Case
Bad Beetle products are made from forest die-off caused by the mountain pine beetle. A portion of proceeds goes to the protection of forests and the replanting of trees.
The mountain pine beetle has methodically taken over large swaths of forest from Mexico to British Columbia. Estimates indicate the tiny rice-sized beetle attacked 3.8 million acres of forest in 2011 and it is now affecting forest fire rates. In recent years, entrepreneurial wood products companies have rolled out a bevy of “beetle-kill” products, including raw lumber, furniture and wood flooring.
Today, with Bad Beetle‘s line of consumer electronics accessories, it’s possible that the beetle-kill-mania is entering the mainstream. Bearing the distinctive blue tinge of beetle-kill products and engraved with the company’s modern graffiti-style logo (complete with a pair of devil’s horns on the pest’s head), Bad Beetle’s products fit Apple’s most popular portable products, including the iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air.
“When these naughty nemeses invade trees, they create a beautiful, silvery blue stain,” the company wrote on its website. “For the tree, it’s curtains. But for you, it’s a snazzy, insanely eco-friendly Bad Beetle accessory.”
Recently, Bad Beetle made the rounds at the Dwell on Design show in Los Angeles, and it is currently taking pre-orders.
By Sabrina Lawrence-Gomez
Bad Beetle MacBook Case
The Mountain Pine Beetle is decimated forests across the Mexico, United States, and Canada- the beetles lay eggs beneath the bark of trees, introducing a deadly fungus. As the tree dies is takes on a unique silvery blue stain within its grains. Greeno removes these trees, protecting the survivors of the forest from infection, and processing the wood for use. Then Bad Beetle Designs takes it to the next level by fashioning this beautiful wood into cases for iPhone and MacBook. These cases feature laser engraved, graffiti style beetles for a super bad look.
by Evelyn Lee
One of the coolest finds we spotted at last week’s Dwell on Design was this line of iPhone accessories made by Bad Beetle out of the dead remains of trees infected by the Mountain Pine Beetle. Deemed “nature’s graffiti artists,” the beetles create blue tinted designs on the pine, making each case unique.
North America has lost more than 70,000 square miles of forest since 2000 due to the Mountain Pine Beetle. The adult beetles have a poisonous blue-stain fungus which discolors the wood and stops a tree’s ability to circulate water and nutrients. In order to stop infestation and the risk of a more rapid spread of forest fires due to dead wood, it has been recommended by the U.S. Forest Service that all dead or infected trees be logged and then burned. Bad Beetle’s response makes the most out of our forests’ beetle infestation by making one-of-a-kind accessories for mobile Apple devices. Pre-order yours today and spread the story.
Bad Beetle blue-stain pine Apple accessories made their public debut at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles. The response was overwhelmingly positive from both industry experts and consumers. We’d like to extend a special thank you to all those who stopped by our booth and to Dwell for the incredible support.
We look forward to returning in 2013 with an array of new, innovative products to display.