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History

Bamboo was used in China about 7000 years ago.
Before inventing paper Chinese people wrote in Bamboo rendering it one of the main vehicles of the Chinese culture
and language expansion.
Bamboos grow mainly in areas of Asia, Africa and America but they can also grow in Europe.
Did you know that?
Thomas Edison used bamboo filaments in his first LIGHT BULBS, and one of those bulbs is STILL burning today at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC!

Αlexander Graham Bell’s first telephone was made from bamboo.

What is Bamboo?

Bamboo is a type of grass with a hollow wooden stem. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on Earth,
with reported growth rates of 250 cm (98 in) in 24 hours.
Bamboo has a higher compressive strength than wood, brick or concrete and a tensile strength that rivals steel. There are over 1500 SPECIES of bamboo in the world
It is difficult to differentiate bamboo from rattan and there is seldom confusion about their names.
Rattan is one of the oldest materials used for furniture construction. It is massive wood that grows in the jungles of Indonesia in contrast with bamboo that has a hollow stem.
Its price depends on its thickness and quality. The bigger the diameter of the wood the stronger the furniture (1.5 inches of diameter is quite a good measure).

Incredible and true!

Stronger Than Steel: Bamboo has a TENSILE STRENGTH of 28,000 per square inch, vs. 23,000 for steel.
• Helps Reverse Global Warming: Bamboo produces the MOST OXYGEN of all the plants! And it CONSUMES MORE CARBON DIOXIDE than any other plant!

• Sustainably Harvested & Annually Renewable: Mature bamboos produce new shoots and canes each year, which can be harvested individually without destroying the plant.
Fastest Growing Plant on the Planet: New shoots of some species have been clocked growing up to 3 FEET PER DAY in their shooting season Environmental Cleanup: Bamboo plants are very effective at removing metals and other toxic substances from soils and water.

• Bamboo is particularly useful in preventing soil erosion as the interlocking rhizomes keep topsoil firmly in place. When planted on steep hillsides and river banks it can greatly reduce problems caused by floods, landslides and earthquakes.

Bamboo today

Provides Safe Housing: Over 1 billion people in the world live in BAMBOO HOUSES.
Bamboo buildings have proven to be exceedingly earthquake proof.

• Nutrition for Humans and Animals: BAMBOO SHOOTS have been eaten throughout Asia for centuries, and branches and leaves make good fodder for animals. It contains Germanium, which reverses the aging process in cells.
Ancient Healing: Various parts of many bamboo species have been used in CHINESE AND AYURVEDIC MEDICINE for centuries

•It is used for the construction of: floors, furniture, cloths, bicycles, toys etc.

It is said about it

•It is dinosaurs’ grass.

•It is nature’s technological masterpiece .

•According to the Chinese tradition bamboo’s strength is its ability to bend without breaking and that is the miracle!

ΒΑΜΒΟΟ ….revolution!!

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