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Advantages of using bamboo as material:

Ecology of bamboo

Bamboo is a plant in the same respect as wheat or corn, whose growth is very fast. As this is not a tree, carbon dioxyde (CO2) fixation of a bamboo forest (and therefore release of oxygen) is higher than from western forest. The culture of bamboo requires no fertilizer or pesticide treatments. Harvesting and processing is done by hand, eliminating polluting heavy machinery. A bamboo forest also helps reduce soil erosion through a well developed root system in the first 60 centimeters . Since a bamboo cane is mature for use in construction between 3 and 6 years, cuts are made selectively rather than clear cuts reducing to bare ground.

Carbonization of wood

The natural color of bamboo is a pale beige. The process called carbonization consists of heating the wood causing the sugars to caramelize and give the wood it’s caramel brown color. These two colors therefore eliminate the need for dyes or paints.

Product Durability

Bamboo has a high density that compares favourably with the hardest wood in western forests. Its durability is mainly due to its high silica composition.

Community Benefits

Another advantage of using products made of bamboo is to encourage jobs outside the major urban centers. The company also prefers to work in areas where the natural resources belong to the community.