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For centuries bamboo has been known as an excellent building material for both its practicality and beauty. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth and is the perfect choice for modern building and decorative uses.

Bamboo is a grass and not a wood, with a growing cycle of about 4 to 5 years whereas, most softwoods reach maturity in about 20 to 40 years. Some species grow up to 2 feet per day. After harvesting, bamboo does not require replanting, it has an extensive root system that continually sends up new shoots, naturally replenishing itself, making it one of the most renewable resources known.

Bamboo stalks can grow to a height of 40 feet and several inches thick. So using bamboo instead of wood as a raw material is becoming more and more popular.

Bamboo is 16% harder than maple wood, 1/3 lighter in weight than oak, yet in some instances as strong as steel. Bamboo holds the promise of a sustainable, cost effective, and ecologically responsible alternative to the widespread clear cutting of our old growth forests. Bamboo is harvested from controlled plantations and the variety used is not used to feed Pandas and does not affect their habitat.

The delicate grain of bamboo, whether natural or amber-toned, makes it a distinctive, elegant, and subtle material for fine furniture and flooring. Bamboo flooring is one of the most environmentally friendly products in the world. It is possible to get houses made entirely of bamboo, which are earthquake and cyclone-resistant and internationally certified. There are three ISO standards for bamboo as a construction material.

Bamboo has varied uses in our daily life, from culinary to medicine, from artefacts to furniture, from building material to green homes.

Interestingly, one of Thomas Edison's first commercially successful incandescent lamps used a filament of carbonized bamboo!

 

 











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