1. Bamboo is a giant grass.
Bamboo is a perennial evergreen plant. It is one of the 12 subfamilies of the grass family (Poaceae) and the only one to diversify in forests. Bamboo has short grass-like roots (much like a lawn), however instead of growing grass, it grows hard woody culms.
2. The fastest growing land plant in the world.
Bamboo has been measured to have grown 47.6 inches in just 24 hours. Since its incredible growth rate, bamboo only takes 3 – 5 years to fully mature and be harvested while wood takes about 10 – 30 years. Therefore, bamboo is considered a renewable long-lasting material that can be used as a viable replacement for wood.
3. Incredibly strong and sturdy.
Bamboo is frequently used in construction because of its durability and strength. It has better tensibility and compressibility than steel and concrete. In particular, the ability to bend well makes it much easier to shape the structure. Therefore, this “green steel” material is preferred to create unique and environmentally friendly buildings.
4. Absorbs more carbon.
Bamboo is an important element in the atmosphere’s balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide. A grove of bamboo eliminates 40-50% more CO2 from the air and releases 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees. Your brain literally gets higher oxygen around it. This makes you feel better, relieves stress and headaches.
5. Self-regenerative plant.
Bamboo reproduces asexually, bamboo shoots sprout from the underground stem and will grow up to form a bamboo. Because of this feature, bamboo forests continue to develop and regenerate.
6. Bamboo is naturally antibacterial.
Scientists conducted a comparative experiment between bamboo fiber and cotton fiber within 24 hours. As a result, the bamboo destroyed most of the bacteria, whereas the cotton had no action on them. Bamboo is thus popularly used to make clothes, linen, and bamboo charcoal.
7. A natural deodorant.
Bamboo fiber has a deodorizing effect because it contains chlorophyll and sodium copper, effectively preventing mold and bacteria.
8. Grow rapidly without care.
Bamboo can grow naturally without fertilizing or watering. It is a drought-tolerant plant that can survive a lack of water. The natural bamboo leaf drop is so nutrient-dense, therefore the soil absorbs these nutrients as the mulch decomposes, feeding the bamboo and surrounding plants again.
9. Survived after Hiroshima in 1945.
Most plants cannot survive the severe circumstances that bamboo can. After the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, it was the first plant to re-green. This is a great example of bamboo’s durability and strength.
10. A great soil conservation tool.
It greatly reduces erosion with a 25 % sum of stem flow rate and canopy intercept. This significantly decreases rain runoff, preventing enormous soil erosion and making it extremely eco-friendly.
11. Potential material resource.
Bamboo is the most widely used plant in the world. It has taken on a significant role in people’s lives due to the outstanding versatility and advantages. All parts of the bamboo can be fully used, from new shoot to stem and leaf. They can be used to produce textiles, household products, musical instruments, automotive parts and even electronic products.