What is bamboo?
Bamboos are giant, woody grasses which range from plants
the size of field grass to giants of 120 feet in height
(about as tall as a 12-story building) and a foot in thickness.
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world and some
species can grow up to 4 ft a day if conditions are good.
Why is bamboo
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants. Bamboo usually
matures in three to five years, and renews itself without
the need for replanting. It is a hardy plant which needs
no insecticide. Hardwood trees can take up to 120 years
to mature and conventional growth period for framing lumber
and hardwood is 30 to 60 years. Bamboo also generates more
oxygen than a similar-size grove of trees. A small bamboo
forest can reduce the temperature in its immediate environment
by as much as 10 degrees.
Why are bamboo products gaining popularity?
With the price of hardwood increasing, there is a need to
find alternatives for wooden products. Bamboo with its fast
growth, incredible strength-to-weight ratio of any natural
product and rapid regenerative powers, is rapidly becoming
the material of choice for forward-thinking designers and
manufacturers. With the increased focus on bamboo, there
are now more products made from bamboo and many new previously
overlooked benefits of bamboo products are found.
There are many new found uses of bamboo charcoal. Bamboo
charcoal was traditionally used in cooking is now widely
used in the removing odor, absorbing harmful impurities
in drinking water and purifying the air. It is also found
that rice will be more tasty and soft when cooked with bamboo
charcoal; in refrigerator bamboo charcoal can eliminate
smell, keep food fresh and prevent mildew; bamboo charcoal
can also release beneficial negative ions in the air.