Bamboo is an amazing grass that has long been known for its strength to fact; it is the strongest growing grass plant on earth with a tensile strength superior to mild steel, and a weight â to â strength ratio surpassing that of graphite. It is also the fastest growing plant, clocked at 2 inches an hour! Amidst death and destruction in 1945, bamboo survived the Hiroshima atomic blast closer to ground zero than any other living thing and provided the first re-greening after the blast. Bamboo has long been used as a building material. The only buildings still standing after the earthquake in Costa Rica in 1992 were those made from bamboo. Thomas Edison even used a carbonized bamboo filament in his experiment with the first light bulb, and as rebar for the reinforcement of his swimming pool. To this day, the pool is still leak free and the light bulb still burns in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.
Bamboo could save the planet! It protects the environment and the air we breathe. A 20 meter tree cut for market takes approx., 60 years to replace. A 20 meter bamboo cut for market takes just 5 years to replace! Bamboo is the fastest growing canopy for the re-greening of degrade lands, and its stands of release 35% more oxygen than equivalent stands of trees, it also yields 10-30% annual increase in biomass versus 2-5% of trees thus creatingÂ greater provide income, food, medicine and housing to over 2.2 billion people worldwide.