Did you know that the Bamboo plant is technically grass even if it can reach 100 ft/30 m in height? It mainly grows in the tropical and subtropical regions of Asian, African and South American continents, as well as parts of Australia. Bamboo is an evergreen perennial plant with over 1000 species and it’s widely used in a large variety of industries.
Because it can grow 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) in 1 hour and because it has a high regrowth rate after being cut down, it's the world's number 1 renewable resource! Needless to say… it's the fastest growing plant in the world. Since the plant’s health is improved by cutting, bamboo can be re-harvested every three years without any harmful effects on the environment. With the average 500-year lifespan of a redwood tree, a bamboo plant could be harvested and regrown more than 150 times. As if this wasn’t enough, the plant requires no chemicals, pesticides or fertilizers to grow making it as eco-friendly as it comes.
China is the world's top bamboo producer, followed closely by India; other nations growing large quantities are Bangladesh, Indonesia and Thailand.
Bamboo has a quite unique set of benefits both economic and ecological. The plant’s natural hardness, flexibility and not in the last, stability (unlike most other woods it does not shrink) makes it a great choice in a number of applications. Also, let’s not forget it provides food for Giant Pandas, gorillas and elephants.
From being used as construction material, furniture (indoor and outdoor) and being a culinary delicacy to medicinal component bamboo is indeed a miracle product.