As a natural and renewable resource bamboo offers an opportunity to move away from the destruction of native forests towards managed stands of bamboo that can be selectively harvested annually without being clear-cut. In its genetic makeup, bamboo is considered a type of grass; therefore it possesses the following characteristics:
RAPID GROWTH: Under ideal conditions, bamboo can grow so fast, up to three feet per day. Stands can mature to generate the same amount of biomass, harvest after harvest, year after year.
SELF-SUSTAINING: Bamboo does not need chemicals to grow. In fact, bamboo improves the soil structure and health where it grows because the risome/root system attracts a significant amount of moisture and sustains healthy microbe growth.
CARBON CAPTURE: Bamboo recycles 35% more carbon dioxide than any other tree, thus producing more oxygen by means of photosynthesis. It continues this carbon capture process throughout its entire life.
PREVENTS SOIL EROSION: Due to the growth characteristics of its roots, it restores and revives the land where it grows, holding the soil structure and preventing further degradation.