Updated: Mar 22
The Bamboo Plant can provide for all of humankind's current and future needs. Bamboo has benefits that range all the way from medicine for the body to timber for a home. It takes in more carbon and resales 30% more oxygen than other plants. On the same size land Bamboo can produce 20x more timber pulp than trees and best of all, when Bamboo is harvested it promotes its growth rather than killing it, like trees... Here are some fast facts about this amazing plant. (scroll down)
1. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. It can grow as much as one meter in 24 hours.
2. Does not require fertilizers for optimal growth. When the discarded leaves of a bamboo plant start to decompose they provide all the nutrients needed for optimal growth.
3. It is not to be mistaken for a tree, Bamboo is a grass species. 4. Bamboo can grow either as woody, tall plant or as shorter bushy looking plant.
5. Bamboo plants absorb carbon dioxide and can generate up to 35% more oxygen than the same amount trees.
6. Bamboo can produce 20x more timber pulp from the same size land as traditional trees.
7. When a Bamboo stock is cut the plant will grow another one from the roots, instead of the whole plant dying, like a tree does.
8. Bamboo is a great option for erosion control as it has a wide and strong root system which holds the soil stable and prevents erosion.
9. More than 1 billion people around the world live in bamboo houses.
10. Bamboo has a stronger structure than steel and is widely used in the construction industry.
11. Bamboo improves, rather than depletes soil quality.
12. When Bamboo is harvested it will continue to grow with no additional planting or cultivation.
13. Bamboo clothing keeps the skin cool and dry. It works as a natural thermostat to regulate the temperature of the body.
14. Young Bamboo plants contain a toxin called taxiphyllin. Because of that, Bamboo needs to be cooked before consumption.
15. Bamboo is used in folk medicine to treat infections and to accelerate healing of the wounds.
16. Some Bamboo species can survive more than 120 years in the wild.
17. Some species of Bamboo develop flowers after 65 or 120 years.
18. All plants of one Bamboo species develop flowers at the same time, no matter where they are located in the world.
19. There are over 10,000 species of Bamboo.
20. Bamboo is incredibly versatile and is used to produce textiles, household products, musical instruments, automotive parts and event electronic products.
Making The Switch
Anyone thinking about switching to a more Eco-friendly lifestyle should consider swapping out their tree-made (or recycled) toilet paper for bamboo toilet paper. Overall, bamboo toilet paper is soft and strong yet breaks down better than traditional toilet paper and will help save our forests. The Bamboo Project a nonprofit organization offers 24 rolls of sustainable, bamboo toilet paper for only $29.95 - FREE delivery! (Within Vernon BC)
Order Here: www.TheBambooProject.ca