From chairs to mobile phone coves and even bicycle, bamboo is used to make a wide variety of products. It is the most sought-after renewable material. The bamboo’s regenerative properties, natural beauty and material strength are just some of the reasons for its popularity. Here are 5 interesting facts about bamboo.
- It’s the fastest growing plant on the earth
Bamboo is not a tree, but is, in fact, a grass. It is one of the sub-families of the grass family. In 3-5 years it can produce completely mature bamboo plants as it grows quickly. It can also bear intense conditions that most plants cannot.
- Plays a significant part in the balance of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the atmosphere
Bamboo is self generating and does not need to be replanted. It can be harvested every three to five years. It produces more oxygen than trees. It helps fight global warming and is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.
- It is the perfect substitute for wood
Bamboo is lightweight, flexible and stronger than most hardwoods and steel. Bamboo is easy to grow and is also more reasonably priced than wood. Hence it is one of the cheapest building resources available. For any sort of wood it can be used as a construction substitute. Since it is durable and light weight bamboo is used to make bicycles, skateboards, and helmets. It is also perfect for flooring, fencing, building posts and house walls.
- A long-lasting and natural controllable fence
In the prevention of soil erosion bamboo is proving to be a very valuable weapon. It can reduce rain run-off because of its large canopy and extensive root system. There is no need for replanting as bamboo has the potential to regenerate fast. Because of its high nitrogen contents bamboo can prevent soil erosion and rain run-off, and also helps to control water pollution.
- Versatile & fast growth cycle