As one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, bamboo is a versatile grass that has made an incredible impact worldwide. The story of bamboo is fascinating, and its fibers are woven throughout the fabric of the history and folklore around the world that we all share. From its use in primitive technologies, bamboo has graduated to modern factory-based production for a myriad of useful products.
Bamboo Goat
In the emerging green economy, bamboo is being looked at for its carbon sequestration abilities. Bamboo grows faster and absorbs more carbon than “fast” growing trees like eucalyptus and willow. The carbon sequestration performance exceeds that of many other biomass ecosystems. Bamboo also releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equal volume of hardwood trees.
Bamboo Gabion
In the emerging green economy, bamboo is being looked at for its carbon sequestration abilities. Bamboo grows faster and absorbs more carbon than “fast” growing trees like eucalyptus and willow. The carbon sequestration performance exceeds that of many other biomass ecosystems. Bamboo also releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equal volume of hardwood trees.

While hardwoods like oak take as much as forty years to mature before they can be harvested, some species of bamboo can be harvested in as short as one season. With almost 1 million acres of old growth forest being lost each week, bamboo provides an elegant solution that can help millions of people around the world and help save the environment.

One of the most important uses of bamboo however is not one that is readily seen. In developing countries where unemployment can directly lead to civil unrest, bamboo can provide opportunities that are simply not available elsewhere. It’s not the food or the fiber it provides; it’s the ability of bamboo to aid in economic development that can have the greatest impact in people’s daily lives. Jobs in production and manufacturing provide help in areas that are in desperate need of social and economic stability.

At PBR, our aim is to honor and demystify bamboo by sharing the important role it plays in our past, present, and future.

Tibetan Monks Tend Bamboo

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