Why Use Bamboo?

14 Aug 2012 12:00 AMRodd Craig

A brief explanation of why bamboo is the best consumable resource to be used in your exhibitions

Around 1 million acres of forest vanish per week. This alarming rate of deforestation has forced many world economies to rethink their business and manufacturing practices. A sixty-foot tree cut for market takes 60 years to replace. Meanwhile, a sixty-foot bamboo cut for market takes 59 days to replace. Bamboo is officially recognised as the world's fastest growing plant and has a tensile strength comparable to steel.

Bamboo is a grass that grows to a height of 60 feet also is several inches thick and grows as much as two feet per day. It has a short growth cycle of approximately five years, depending on the variety.Due to the inter-connected root system, bamboo groves fully regenerate at a faster rate than timber.

Bamboo grows so fast it produces a yield 25 times higher than that of timber and, with selective annual harvesting, has the capability of complete regeneration without a need to replant making it one of the most renewable sources on the planet. It generally takes weeks for the grass to grow back once harvested and continues to grow year round.

A bamboo grove also releases some 35% more oxygen into the air than a similar-sized stand of trees, and it matures (and can be replanted) within seven years (compared to 30-50 years for a stand of trees). Bamboo is a perfect alternative to hardwood and is a sustainable, cost effective and ecologically responsible alternative to the widespread destruction of our world's forests.

There is over 1,000 types of bamboo available, though just over two% of those types are currently being used as a material.

Bamboo is the most environmentally sound plant in the world and has been used for centuries and is still used for production of various products like Food, Shelter, Medicine, Clothes, Bedding and many other products. Its durability and strength makes bamboo an excellent choice for building materials.

Bamboo Possesses antibacterial, antifungal, anti odour and anti static properties, bamboo contains an anti-microbial element called kun which stops bacteria from growing.

Bamboo is hailed as the resource of the 21st century because it has countless ethical, environmental and other benefits. It is a pioneering plant and can be grown in soil damaged by overgrazing and poor agriculture without the need for fertilizers, pesticides or much water. Proper harvesting does not kill the bamboo plant, so topsoil is held in place. Because of its dense litter on the forest floor it feeds topsoil.