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BAMBOO: AN INTRODUCTION

Bamboo is botanically classified as a ‘grass’, and may be the most sustainable, natural resource in the world today, being effective in the maintenance of ecological balance.

 

Continuous sprouting makes replanting the grass after harvesting unnecessary. Bamboo does all this naturally; without any chemicals, pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers.

 

Bamboo sequesters (absorbs) around 4 times more CO2 than average timber and produces
35% more oxygen.

 

BAMBOO IS 100% BIODEGRADABLE

 

 

GLOBAL DEMAND

The market for bamboo and bamboo products is growing, and over the past few years has been spearheaded by a rapid increase in bamboo production and/or trade coming out of China and other parts of Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Evidence suggests that under the right conditions, bamboo can be a leading sector for rural industrialisation and large-scale poverty alleviation.

 

Technical innovations in processing - particularly standardisation and product innovation -have enabled bamboo products to compete in mainstream wood-product markets such as laminated flooring and composite boards, as well as paper and pulp. Other promising bamboo products - such as bamboo shoots and bamboo handicrafts - do not compete in the timber products markets, and these sub-sectors are subject to unique factors affecting growth. The global market for bamboo and bamboo related products was estimated to be USD 42 billion in 2015.

 

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