bamboo July 31 2009

Bamboo has grown in popularity in recent years due to its versatility and sustainability. This amazing grass (that's right, grass) can be used to manufacture building materials, kitchenware and even clothing!

why bamboo?

Versatile Bamboo truly is a remarkable renewable resource. It is a centuries old material that has been and continues to be used by over half the world’s population for applications as varied as food, shelter, fuel and clothing. These applications make bamboo a vital non-timber, non-petroleum resource. With a tensile strength superior to steel, it is one of the most versatile and durable natural resources in the world.

Environmentally Friendly Bamboo is naturally antibacterial so does not require pesticides as it grows. The cloth made from bamboo also possesses antibacterial qualities that reduce odors and keep bacteria away from the skin.

Sustainable Bamboo plays an important role in the reduction of timber consumption, environmental and forest protection, poverty alleviation, and sustainable development of rural economies. It is the fastest growing canopy for the re-greening of degraded lands and releases 35% more oxygen than equivalent timber stands. Some people believe planting bamboo on a mass basis could completely reverse the effects of global warming in just 6 years, and provide a renewable source of food, building material, and erosion prevention.

Renewable Some species of bamboo have been measured to grow over 4 feet in 24 hours. Four feet! It takes just six months for a pole of bamboo to regenerate to its full mass! Bamboo can be continuously re-harvested every 3 years, without causing damage to the plant system and surrounding environment. During the time it takes to regenerate, the bamboo plant's root system stays intact, preventing erosion.


bamboo at a glance
  • An enduring, fast growing and truly renewable resource, bamboo needs no replanting.
  • A high-yielding, viable replacement for wood and petroleum based products.Important economic and ecological benefits including soil and water conservation, jobs, numerous product applications and food- more then 1000 documented uses.
  • Amazingly short growth cycle, it can be harvested in just 3-5 years versus 15-20 years as is typical for many hardwoods.
  • The fastest growing plant on the planet, some species can grow up to 1 meter or 3 feet per day.
  • A critical element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.A renewable alternative resource for agro-forestry production.
  • Bamboo shoots provide a nutritional source of food which can be made into bread, cakes scones and cookies.
  • Environmentally friendly reduction of pressure on forests through wood substitution.
  • Products can be made in rural environments, reducing industrial and urbanization impacts.
  • Bamboo is durable, sturdy and strong - harder than Red Oak and Maple.
references
Bambu
Blue Ridge Bamboo
Cali Bamboo
Dreamsacks BambooDreams