When grown locally instead of being shipped internationally, bamboo is arguably the most ecologically sound construction material.
Bamboo is an extremely fast growing plant. It has been measured surging upward as fast as 100 cm (39 inches) in a 24 hour period and can also reach maximal growth rate exceeding one metre per hour for short periods of time. Unlike trees, all bamboo has the potential to grow to full height and girth in a single growing season of 3 to 4 months.
- Sequesters carbon
- Excellent at preventing soil erosion
- Is a type of grass
- Bamboo does not require pesticides, fertilisers, herbicides or irrigation to grow.
- Creates new shoots, no replanting required after harvesting.
- Absorbs 40% more CO2 and produces more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees.
- Excellent at absorbing nutrients from waste water.
- Very easy to harvest.
- Can grow on hills or slopes where no other crop will suit.
- Can be used to make fabrics and textiles, which are more absorbent than cotton.
- An acre of bamboo yields more than cotton for textile usage.
- Bamboo doesn’t swell or shrink as hardwoods do, making it good for outdoor use.
- Fast growing.
- Produces edible and delicious bamboo shoots.
- Cheap and easy.
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Bamboo is the green steel, plus amazing bamboo designs @ Designrulz.com
Nature’s miracle grass @ Howstuffworks.com
Uses for bamboo in sustainable building @ Greenbuild.org
Bamboo planting and car @ Bamboogarden.com