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1.) Bamboo is essentially a giant grass and as with your lawn, can be cut without killing the plant unlike other hardwoods such as teak and mahogany, where the whole tree dies when cut. What could be more environmentally friendly than a plant that can be harvested but just keeps on growing, with no forest destroyed in the process. It is the resource of the past, present and most definitely the future, and its popularity will only increase in time as more and more people realize its potential.

2.) Bamboo survived the atomic bomb at Hiroshima and provided the first re-greening after the blast in 1945. You can understand why it just laughs at the likes of Ivan or Katrina and just keeps growing on.

3.) Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on this planet and provides the best canopy for the greening of degraded lands. Some species of Bamboo grow as much as 4 feet in one day.

4.) Over one billion people in the world live in bamboo houses.

5.) Thomas Edison's first successful incandescent lamp (light bulb) used a filament made of carbonized bamboo. It was patented in 1880. This light bulb still burns today in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.

6.) With a tensile strength superior to mild steel (withstands up to 52,000 pounds of pressure psi) and a weight-to-strength ratio surpassing that of graphite, bamboo is the strongest growing woody plant on earth. A typical bamboo has a tensile strength of 28,000 per square inch vs. 23,000 for steel. That makes it one of the strongest materials in the world when it comes to tension structure.

7.) There is a suspension bridge in China 250 yards long, 9 foot wide and rests entirely on bamboo cables fastened over the water. It doesn't have a single nail or piece of iron in it. Used in ladders, scaffolding and construction, bamboo is twice as stable as oak, walnut and teak.

8.) A mature 100x100 patch of clumping timber bamboo can produce enough construction materials to frame an entire house every year.

9.) Certain bamboo root clumps can live for hundreds of years, providing an annual yield of materials.

10.) A giant panda's diet is about 99% bamboo, and can eat anywhere from 20 to 40 pounds of bamboo a day. They can eat 25 different types of bamboo, but they usually eat only the four or five kinds that grow in their home range.

11.) Bamboo is also used for musical instruments of all three types: percussion or hammer instruments, wind instruments, and stringed instruments. In Java, 20 different musical instruments have been fashioned of bamboo.

12.) In Limon, Costa Rica, only the bamboo houses from the National Bamboo Project stood after the earthquake of 1992.

13.) Bamboo is adaptable to many environments, and will thrive in climates with anywhere from 30 to 250 inches of annual rainfall.

14.) Introducing you to the oldest, most remarkable resource on the planet. Both sustainable and plentiful, bamboo has been used for thousands of years to make a vast array of items. From housing and furniture to musical instruments and needles, its uses are endless. Bamboo is strong, flexible and beautiful in both its natural and finished states. It is an abundant resource that could beneficially replace many of the less sustainable materials now commonly used in our daily lives.

15.) Described as the 'wood of the poor' (India), 'friend of the people' (China) and 'brother' (Vietnam), bamboo is a wonder plant that grows over wide areas of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. Millions of people depend on this plant for their livelihood.

16.) Indonesia is the world's largest producer of bamboo. About half-a-million people in South-East Asia derive their employment directly from the bamboo cultivation, extraction and processing. From birth to death, bamboo plays a crucial role in the lives of the millions of people in South East Asia.
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