Friday, February 11, 2011

More Bamboo Just For You

Here are some more amazing facts about bamboo:
  1. Most bamboo floors come from the Hunan province of China.
  2. 6 million people are employed in the bamboo industry in China.
  3. 600 million people worldwide rely on the income generated by bamboo.
  4. Bamboo comprises of 99% of the giant panda’s diet. Yummy!
  5. Bamboo is part of the grass family.
  6. Comparison: an oak tree requires 120 years to reach maturity but bamboo only requires 3 years.
  7. Bamboo has been around for 200 million years.
  8. Thomas Edison used bamboo as filaments in the first light bulb.
  9. There a bridge in China built entirely of bamboo and without a single nail.
  10. Bamboo is twice as strong as oak.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What Do YOU think of Bamboo?

Ever wondered about bamboo – that plant that pandas like to munch on and that is used to build houses and furniture in some cultures? Bamboo is fascinating. It is incredibly strong. It is also very beautiful. Bamboo has been used as the standard building material for the majority of the world for thousands of years. Apparently, bamboo can withstand severe earthquakes (6.0 and above on the Richter Scale). This is due to its amazing tensile strength, which is higher than steel. What is tensile? This relates to how much stress or pressure that an object can withstand. Bamboo is also the fastest growing plant on the planet. Believe it or not, but some varieties of bamboo can grow 4 feet in 24 hours! A pole of bamboo can regenerate to its full mass in just 6 months.