The ecological opposite of wood
Bamboo as a substitute for woodMore then 50% of the world population has daily interaction with some kind of bamboo. In Asia there are several thousand applications for bamboo, from a woven basket to building scaffolding for high rise buildings. Bamboo stocks are almost inexhaustible but still in China, the cultivation of this plant is carefully regulated.
In assigned areas all new trunks are marked with a "date of birth". The type of bamboo used (Phyllostachys Pubescens) for the manufacturing of parquet and panels is harvested every 5-6 years. This is not only to maintain the forest but is required to guarantee a good quality.
The renewal of bamboo is very fastContrary to wood the renewal of bamboo is very fast. Bamboo regenerates itself without replanting. The bamboo root systems delve far underneath the surface and produce new shoots once a year.
Bamboo is a general termBamboo is a general term encompassing approximately 1500 grass variations. The giant bamboo (Phyllostachys Pubescens) we're discussing can in the beginning grow between 30 and 50 cm a day and reaches its full height in one season.
The next 5-6 years allows the trunk to harden and become suitable for use as flooring and panel building materials.
A tremendous developmentOver the last 15 years the production of bamboo flooring and panel materials have seen a tremendous development which makes these products excellent alternatives to traditional wood types.
Because of the extensive stocks and regulated harvesting bamboo is an excellent alternative against global deforestation.
In principle everything that was manufactured from wood can be manufactured from bamboo.
Popular current applications are: floors in many variations, interior builds such as stair cases, kitchens, kitchen counter tops, closets and cupboards, walls etc.