Bamboo: The Natural Selection
Bamboo makes ecological sense. Just take a look for yourself - here are several reasons why
bamboo is the best choice for our environment:
Bamboo is nature's most sustainable resource. Bamboo is
actually not a wood but a grass, which continuously sends up new shoots after
harvesting without the need for replanting. Growing at a rate of up to four
feet per day, bamboo holds the world record as the fastest growing plant, and
can be harvested every 4-5 years, as opposed to 25-70 years for commercial tree
species. Some prehistoric species grow up to 250 feet tall.
Bamboo is good for the environment. Bamboo removes CO2 from
the atmosphere and produces over 30% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of
trees. By growing and using more bamboo, we can help combat global warming.
Bamboo also offers an opportunity to stop the destruction of forests, as it can
be selectively harvested without destroying the grove or stand. Additionally,
bamboo's ability to rapidly
soak up excess nutrients contained in wastewater has captured the attention of
environmental and manufacturing engineers as an environmentally safe and
reliable way to deal with waste issues.
Bamboo stabilizes the earth. Bamboo's root system helps to prevent soil erosion and
improves the soil by removing excess nitrogen. It also retains an abundance of
water, helping to reduce runoff, protect riverbanks and reduce water pollution
(again, due to its high nitrogen consumption).
Bamboo is organic. Bamboo is grown without pesticides,
fertilizers or chemicals and no irrigation is required for its growth aside from natural rainfall. And that's
all good for our environment right?
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