Bamboo is a fast growing and a naturally renewable tree-like grass. It requires little maintenance to farm as it doesn’t need any pesticides or herbicides and very little water to grow.
There are over 1,200 different species of bamboo in existence and most are highly adaptable, particularly in high humidity regions.
Bamboo is able to grow in Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America, and in the southern regions of the USA. Certain varieties can also grow in colder climates like the UK and Northern America.
In sustainability circles, bamboo is often thought of as a raw ingredient for clothing and homewares. But bamboo is also a common food source in some parts of the world. It’s not only pandas consuming bamboo in their diet.
Humans have been eating bamboo shoots for thousands of years. Often seen in Asian dishes, bamboo shoots are low in fat and calories and provide a good source of fiber and potassium.
If you’ve ever travelled to South-East Asia, you’ll likely have seen bamboo used extensively in the construction industry. Bamboo is commonly used as scaffolding, upright props, and even to build huts and houses.
This is because bamboo is super strong; even stronger than steel! The tensile strength of steel is 23,000 PSI, while the tensile strength of bamboo is 28,000 PSI. Seems crazy, right?
From all this it seems like bamboo might be a super plant … but is it as good for the environment as we might think?