Bamboo can store four times the
carbon dioxide of a tree stand of similar size and it produces 35%
There is no plant on the planet that has a more versatile use than
bamboo – more than 5,000 used are documented (see brief list below).
Worldwide, several hundred million people live in bamboo structures.
These structures are impact proof, hurricane proof, and are easy and
affordable to build.
timber bamboos (like D. asper, G. angustifolia
, etc.) have a
tensile strength that matches that of mild steel but they are about
ten times more flexible. On a strength per weight basis, superior
bamboo species outclass any wood and even steel.
Bamboo is the ideal plant for large, deforested areas. It grows up to
20 times faster than any other timber, and it also re-grows that much
faster than regular timber wood.
Bamboo shoots are highly nutritious (high in trace elements and
vitamins, low in carbohydrates, fat and protein).
A mature patch (20ft by 50ft) of superior structural bamboo is more
than sufficient to build an entire house – every other year. The
harvested area of the patch can grow back within just a few years
without having to be replanted, as opposed to most timber wood, which
often requires decades to re-grow, and also needs to be replanted.
Bamboo can easily be grown organically, and its underground network is
ideal to combat erosion and enriches the soil with beneficial
From the perspective of sustainability, bamboo is unparalleled as an
agricultural crop for construction, as well as thousands of other
practical uses in the tropics.
Bamboo is a potential economical force for sustainable farmers, that
matches or exceeds the commercial potential of any other agricultural
crop grown in the tropics