Bamboo and the environment
Land degradation is estimated to cost the global economy $2,300 billion annually over the next 30 years. Bamboo serves as a solution.
Bamboo is a grass and all 1,640 species have a strong root system that binds earth. It is a very fast growing plant that is best suited for restoring non-productive farmland, controlling erosion and keeping slopes stable.
35% more oxygen
A forest with bamboo absorbs 5 times more CO2 and produces 35% more oxygen than an equivalent piece of forest with trees. 1000 tonnes of CO2 per hectare of bamboo forest are absorbed per year.
After 2 to 5 years, the bamboo stem is fully grown and can be harvested. If we assume 4 years of growth, 25% of the bamboo forest can be harvested every year without any decline in the size of the forest.
Because so much CO2 is absorbed during growth, even after transporting and processing the bamboo stems into Dragonwoods pressed bamboo, the bamboo is much better for the environment than tropical hardwood.
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