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Bamboo is a grass and has been measured growing as fast as one metre (39 inches) in one day! As it grows so fast bamboo groves are easily replaced and as such, bamboo is a very renewable material. Using it therefore doesn’t contribute to deforestation. In fact it can be grown in areas (such as hillsides) where other crops cannot be grown and harvesting it can be done by cutting with no damage to the surrounding environment.
Bamboo absorbs 35% more carbon dioxide per hectare than equivalent trees.
Most bamboo grows well without the use of pesticides or fertilizers and so growing it doesn’t contribute to these chemicals entering groundwater. Of course, it is also biodegradable.
Bamboo grows in a hollow structure which is structurally very efficient and is used all over the world for building and scaffolding. Bamboo’s strength-to-weight ratio (and its simple tensile strength) is better than that of mild steel. In other words, it is stronger than steel. Amazing. So for a structural application, you need less, which is always better for the environment. It’s perhaps no surprise that cutting through bamboo is a traditional test for Japanese Samurai swords: click to see video clip.
Bamboo is a naturally occurring composite material which grows abundantly in most of the part of the world. It is treated as a composite material because it has cellulose fibers imbedded in a lignin matrix. As a cheap and fast-grown resource, with superior physical and mechanical properties, bamboo offers great potential as an alternative to wood. Bamboo can widely substitute not only wood, but also the plastics & other materials in structural and product applications through improvements in processing technologies, product innovation with the application of scientific and engineering skills. Bamboo based industry has vast potential for generating income and employment, especially in the rural areas. A number of agencies are already working towards promoting the usage of bamboo into value-added products. The paper brings out technology overview of the products and associated business opportunities with a focus on sustainable development. Applications have been outlined, briefing the chemical and mechanical characteristics of different species of bamboo. A number of government initiatives have been highlighted with their contribution in bamboo promotion and hence the sustainable development.If you are interested in learning more, you can find a lot information online but here are a few I think are an interesting start for your research:
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