In considering the benefits of an expanding bamboo industry globally there is much to be said. Bamboo can be grown with no added fertilizers, pesticdes or irrigation and can sequester up to 70% more carbon per year than a hardward forest does. Moso bamboo ( used by Plyboo ) has an optimal 5 year growth cycle and is selectively harvested by hand, eliminating heavy equipment that can impact habitat. Bamboo can be harvested without the need to replant, as it naturally regenerates annually.
Due to a rhizome root structure, bamboo has the ability to hold loose soil in place, preventing erosion. Bamboo is a rapidly renewable and readily available alternate source of material for a wide range of applications. Example furniture, tools, baskets, artistic crafts and food source.
Bamboo now finds itself used for flooring, plywood, veneers, bicycles, fabrics and additives for food and cosmetics. This has created new jobs in forestry, manufacturing, innovation and design, science and technology.
Fun Facts – bamboo
Bamboo are a group of woody perennial evergreen plants in the true grass family Poaceae, sub family Bambusoideae, tribe Bambuseae.
Some of its family members are giants forming by far the largest members of the grass family.
Some of the tips on the larger species grow over a 1 meter in 1 meter.
Bamboo stems are jointed with regular nodes and each node bears 1 leaf, some even form side branches.
A single stem ( culm ) of bamboo from an established root system typically reaches its full height in 1 year.
Bamboo forests are self renewing after harvest and will grow to maturity suitable for harvest in 5 – 7 years. This a very short time compared to most timbers which require 10 – 20 years before harvest.
Unlike plantation timbers no chemical sprays or fertilizers are required to keep bamboo forest healthy and very productive.
Bamboo is the fastest growing canopy for the re-greening of degraded lands releasing 35% more oxygen than the equivalent trees..
Some bamboos even sequester up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide from the air per hectare.
If correctly harvested and processed bamboo will out perform the very best timbers in strength, hardness and dimensional stability.
Aside from a small variation in the node point the strength is consistent the entire cut length.
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on this planet, approximately 47.6 inches in 24 hour period.
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