NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NEWSWATCH: BAMBOO A BEAUTIFUL AND VERSATILE MATERIAL
June 13th 2012
The highly acclaimed magazine, National Geographic, recently published an exposé about the booming business of bamboo; describing it as being a key ingredient in the green revolution spreading throughout an increasingly globalized world. The magazine highlights the fact that bamboo will produce a net worth of business in 2012 of around 25 billion USD.
Researchers can see a definite trend and surge in both knowledge and demand during recent years for bamboo as an alternative eco-friendly timber. A surge that has spread beyond the renewable energy experts and into the minds of the general public.
The article highlights the adaptability of bamboo to sustain almost any climatic conditions- except in regions below freezing point – and advertise its ability to sequester large amounts of toxic emissions as well as releasing fresh oxygen, estimated at producing 30% more oxygen than other species of trees. It also acknowledges bamboo for its rapid growth and for how quickly its woody fibres becomes mature enough to be harvested, providing a continuous and renewable source that rapidly and sustainably can supply the world market with raw materials .
National Geographic compares the rapid evolvement of bamboo to traditional woods such as oak- with a growth of about 12 inches per year and not reaching its maturity until it is 120 years of age.
The article continues with attributing the success of bamboo to the many versatile areas where it can be put to use; in everything from making paper to manufacturing clothes. Processed, it is made into a soft yet highly durable material and it even contains anti-bacterial components. The tensile qualities in bamboo are ten times stronger compared to steel, which has led to its popular demand as a building material.