LIV­ING WITH BAM­BOO

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Bam­boo is a fast- grow­ing, re­new­able re­source that has been used for mil­len­nia. Al­most ev­ery part of a bam­boo plant can be used to make a stag­ger­ing va­ri­ety of prod­ucts. Its fi­bres are stronger than wood fi­bres and are less prone to warp­ing, mak­ing it an ideal ma­te­rial for con­struct­ing houses and bridges.

In a time when de­for­esta­tion and global warm­ing are be­com­ing an in­creas­ing threat on the en­vi­ron­ment, here are some rea­sons why bam­boo is a more sus­tain­able op­tion:

It’s a re­new­able re­source.

har­vest­ed­species, where­asin one to treessix years,take Bam­boo any­where de­pend­ing­can be­tweenbe on the 25 years (soft­woods) to 50 years (hard­woods) to ma­ture be­fore they can be har­vested. An es­ti­mated 18 mil­lion acres of for­est are lost each year, ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tions’ Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion. By choos­ing bam­boo, we can help to re­duce the num­ber of trees be­ing felled each year.

It has a fast growth rate.

Bam­boo is one of the world’s fastest grow­ing plants. Cer­tain species can grow 91 cm within a 24-hour pe­riod, at a rate of al­most 4 cm an hour! It is eas­ily cul­ti­vated and will grow a new shoot from its ex­ten­sive root sys­tem when har­vested.

It re­duces green­house gases.

Bam­boo ab­sorbs car­bon diox­ide and re­leases 35 per cent more oxy­gen into the air com­pared to hard­wood trees.

It pro­duces very lit­tle waste.

Af­ter har­vest­ing, vir­tu­ally ev­ery part of the plant can be used. The ver­sa­tile bam­boo can be moulded into fur­ni­ture, flat­tened into floor­ing and pa­per, or made into chop­sticks and fab­ric.

It’s pes­ti­cide-free.

Most of the world’s bam­boo comes from China, where it is grown with­out pes­ti­cides or chem­i­cal fer­tilis­ers.

photo JUTHAMA T98/SHUTTERSTO­CKCOM

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