Bamboo is sustainable for several reasons. First, it’s darn easy to grow. Bamboo farmers need not do much to ensure a bumper crop. Pesticides and complex fertilizers are all but unnecessary. This is because bamboo self-regenerates from its roots, which can thrive in even the most shallow, rocky soil.
Bamboo is strong — stronger than steel, in fact. According to Interesting Engineering, bamboo has a tensile strength of 28,000 pounds per square inch. Steel only has a tensile strength of 23,000 pounds per squre inch. Despite its size and strength, bamboo is also relatively easy to transport, even in very rural areas. All of this, combined, makes bamboo an ideal construction material.
As if all of that were not enough, bamboo grows to its maximum height within one growing season. Even if the wood is culled and used for lumber, it will regenerate and return the next season just as strong as before. This means that bamboo is more sustainable than some hardwood trees, which, according to SFGate, can take over 100 years to reach maturity.
Post time: Aug-03-2022