The benefits of bamboo forests
How is Bamboo grown?
Bamboo is often planted and grown in subtropical climates as this allows it to grow tall and strong so that it is able to be used in construction. It is also grown to clean the air in the surrounding area due to the plant’s ability to absorb toxins from the ground and atmosphere and convert them into oxygen.
A bamboo plant can grow up to 30m tall in just 5-7 years depending on the species making it the fastest growing plant in the world!
Because Bamboo is part of the grass family – it is a colony plant meaning that it uses energy from the existing plant to produce more plants and expand the root structure. This allows for large quantities of Bamboo to be grown and harvested within a short period of time and is able to spread across a Bamboo farm without causing damage to the surrounding environment.
Why is it better to use Bamboo over other materials?
An increasing concern in the fight for sustainable materials is the large chunks of forests that are being cut down in order to meet the demand for timber. Growing Bamboo is an overlooked solution to this as it can not only prevent cutting too many trees down but it has also been scientifically proven to absorb 5 times as many toxins and produce 30% more oxygen than an equivalent amount of trees.
Bamboo can be grown in almost any climate as long as it has enough space to spread, in China they often use this to their advantage and grow the plant on massive farms that run along the side of main roads. This means that although Bamboo can be an invasive species, it can be kept out of the way of residential areas.
Above: Harvested Bamboo waiting to be loaded on to a truck and transported to the warehouse.
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