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Bamboo is a member of the grass family and is as versatile in its application. From chopsticks to houses, foodstuffs to baby clothing, the application of bamboo is truly endless.
We have all used the humble bamboo cane on our tomato plants but did you know you can eat bamboo shoots? They are in every Thai curry you have ever eaten. Baby clothing is increasingly made from bamboo as it is the softest material known to man for a baby's skin.
The Hong Hong skyline was built with the exclusive use of bamboo scaffolding due to its light weight and versatility. China have recently limited the use of bamboo scaffolding to buildings with six stories or less. One of the 1000 or so species of bamboo holds the Guiness World record for the fastest growing plant, having been observed to grow in excess of 91cm in a 24 hour period.
A bamboo plantation will produce 33% more O2 than a similarly sized hardwood plantation. Likewise, it will utilise 33% more CO2. Save the planet, use bamboo!
It is the hardest known flooring material. Woven bamboo flooring is 33% harder than an equivalent red mahogany floor. Of the 125 woods that have been tested in the Janka test - woven Bamboo is the 15th hardest on the planet.
Little known facts about bamboo:
Bamboo has a greater tensile strength than steel.
In compression, it is stronger than concrete.
Bamboo matures 5 times faster than pine.
Bamboo matures up to 20 times as fast as hardwood trees.
Products and applications include but are not limited to: