About Bamboo and Bamboo Facts:
Why is Bamboo Green?
Bamboo requires no irrigation, rarely needs replanting, acts as a soil erosion inhibitor, and grows without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. It also has natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Bamboo grows rapidly and can be harvested in 3 to 7 years compared to 30 to 50 years for trees.
Green Bamboo produces 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees, and is a critical element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Bamboo is biodegradable, renewable, sustainable, and beautiful!
Green Bamboo Facts
Bamboos include more than 1,400 species of woody, perennial grasses (Bamboo is actually a grass!) in more than 100 genera that are native to every continent except Europe and the North and South Poles. There are three kinds of bamboos native to North America: River cane(Arundinaria gigantea), Switch cane (Arundinaria tecta), and the recently discovered, Hill cane (Arundinaria appalachiana).
Bamboo is one of the strongest building materials on earth, and is also the fastest growing plant in the world- growing as fast as 47.6 inches in a 24 hours. Like the Zen monks, you can actually watch it grow! Bamboo is also the richest plant source of silica on the planet, being 90% silica.
For 3000 years, the Chinese have been utilizing bamboo, believed to have 1,001 uses! The uses include: food (bamboo shoots, bamboo beer, wine, vinegar, salt, and rice), huts and homes, herbal medicine, paper, furniture, fabrics, pens, shoes and sandals, lamps, chopsticks, mats, baskets, shades, wall coverings, flooring, scaffolding, phonograph needles, incense, incense holders, slide rules, airplane skins, diesel fuels, aphrodisiacs, umbrellas, musical instruments, utensils, light-bulb filaments, fans, fishing poles, water wheels, bridges, ladders, screens, fencing, to name just a few!