Bamboo is the most environmentally friendly type of timber.
And actually, it’s not even wood, but grass: when cut down, the plant retains its roots.
The plant does not die down, the cutting process stimulates young shoots to spring up.
As a result a square hectare bamboo produces 30% more oxygen than wood does!
Many champions of bamboo claim that this plant may save the world.
In Costa Rica 1,000 houses are being built using bamboo on a yearly basis.
This requires app. 60 hectares of land. If these houses were built of timber, at least 500 hectares of ever diminishing rainforest would be required.
The roots of the bamboo plant can be compared to a hairnet, they form a barrier underground. In this way they retain the rainwater, and the soil on the slopes.
Did you know that:
• Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants around. Growth speeds of a meter per day have been recorded
• Bamboo shoots are edible and are used to a great extent in Asian cuisine
• The trunk of the bamboo can vary in length from a mere few centimeters to over 35 meters. The species used by Bloooms will reach a length of 35 meters in one year
• Bamboo is one of the most prolific jungle plants in the Netherlands
• The babmboo plant rarely blooms, sometimes even once every hundred years.