What’s Bamboo Got Going for It?

The answer to the question is a lot. You would have had to be living with your head in the sand for a number of years to not notice that the world’s natural resources are seriously depleted. Fish reserves are dwindling, water is becoming scarce in many parts of the world, oil companies have to take bigger and bigger risks to find new reserves and forests are disappearing at an alarming rate. And then there is climate change, pollution and over-population always in the background threatening to cause large scale havoc. Simply put, bamboo is one of the things that we should be turning to if we want to avert environmental disaster.

What makes bamboo special is the rate at which it grows. In a single day it can grow 24 inches or 60 cm. In just 5 to 7 years bamboo is ready to harvest. Compare that with hardwood trees that need between 50 and 100 years to reach maturity. The speed at which bamboo grows makes it a renewable resource.

Renewable resources are important because they are one of the main planks in any notion of sustainability. Sustainability is all about stopping the depletion and degradation of natural resources and the environment.

Bamboo is an excellent renewable resource because it needs less water than trees and produces more oxygen than trees. It doesn’t drain the soil of nutrients – indeed it cleans the soil and it stops top soil erosion. And bamboo can flourish without the application of fertilizers and pesticides.

One of the incredible things about bamboo is that it contains a substance called ‘kun’ that naturally fights off pests and pathogens. This makes bamboo a great organic crop and it also makes bamboo a great material from which to make a variety of home products that will be safe for those people who suffer from allergies and asthma.

Finally, bamboo is indigenous to many parts of the world and can withstand freezing winters and hot summers. It can be cultivated in nearly anywhere to serve our needs in a variety of ways. Because bamboo is very hard and can be worked like wood it makes an ideal alternative to using hardwood.

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