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Bamboo

Eco-friendly Sustainable Furniture Series

BAMBOO

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world.  Bamboo is not actually a tree, but a member of the grass family.  Bamboo’s growth rate can reach up to 60 centimeters or 24 inches a day.  With about 1000 species, it can be found in many diverse climates in East AsiaAustralia, India, the sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas.

Bamboo as a material for Eco-friendly Sustainable Furniture

Bamboo is one of the most sustainable resources for furniture.   Due to its rapid growth rate, bamboo can be harvested within only 4 – 5 years compared to the decades to centuries old commercial trees being used today.  This also helps improve soil conditions, which then helps prevent soil erosion since bamboo also removes excess nitrogen from the soil.

Also, bamboo grows naturally without any need of pesticides, fertilizers or much water.   One of the strongest suite for bamboo as a main material for eco-friendly sustainable furniture is the fact that bamboo does not really require re-planting.  The stalks can be cut from above ground and will continue to grow. And due to its root system, it continuously sprouts new shoots.

Bamboo is very good for the environment.  A grove can release about 30 – 35% more oxygen into the air as compared to similar trees.  This amount of output, therefore greatly impacts the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.

The process of using bamboo for furniture and constructions involves cutting the stalks into thin strips, flattening them, boiling and drying the strips which are then glued and pressed.  These laminated sheets and planks have long been used in East Asia.  The most durable products of bamboo can claim to be up to three times harder than oak hardwood.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamboo Bamboo

http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/How-EcoFriendly-Is-Bamboo.html “How Eco-Friendly Is Bamboo?”

http://www.greenearthbamboo.com/Organic-Bamboo-Fabric-Facts-s/89.htm#linktell Bamboo Facts and Information