About the material:
Bamboo is a fast growing plant with timber specs. It grows to maturity in 5 years versus 30 – 120 years for timbers. After a bamboo plant is harvested, four to seven new plants will grow from its roots. No replanting necessary, just like that, made possible by nature. Bamboo is known for its hard surface, making it a robust and long lasting material. Despite its hardness it is very suitable to craft.
Some facts about the sustainability of bamboo are:
- It is grown without pesticides or chemical fertilisers
- It requires no irrigation
- It rarely needs replanting
- It grows rapidly and can be harvested in 3-5 years
- It produces 35% more oxygen that an equivalent stand of trees
- It sequesters carbon dioxide and is carbon neutral
- It is a critical element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
- It is an excellent soil erosion inhibitor
- It grows in a wide range of environments
- It’s production into fibres has lower environmental impact than other forms of fibre, especially synthetic ones.