our BAMBOO roots
Renewable resource – bamboo can be harvested in one to five years depending on the species. In comparison, hardwoods like oak trees take at least forty years before they can be harvested. Over one million acres of forests are lost each week due to deforestation. As a substitute for hardwoods, bamboo offers a versatile solution to drastically reduce this number and protect our forests.
Fast growth rate – some species of bamboo will grow as much as three feet (1 meter) per day! Labeled the fastest growing plant on earth, bamboo does not require replanting. When harvested, it will grow a new shoot as a result of its extensive root system and help protect soil from erosion.
No chemical pesticides or fertilizers – bamboo requires no agricultural chemicals to grow. In comparison, cotton is sprayed with pesticides more than any other crop which depletes nutrients in the soil and puts harmful chemicals into your cotton fabric.
Absorbs greenhouse gases – bamboo sequesters carbon dioxide from the environment and produces 35% more oxygen than its equivalent size of trees. Large-scale bamboo plantations can become effective “carbon sinks” or areas designed to reduce CO2 from the atmosphere. When bamboo fibers are used to construct buildings, the carbon is sequestered (stored away) for the lifetime of that building.
Grows everywhere – bamboo is a tough and durable plant that can be grown throughout the world and thrives even in harsh conditions from low wetlands to higher elevations in the mountains. With over 1000 species, bamboo can be found in nearly every region in the world.