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Lots of INFO on Bamboo. Did you know...

scottcooks

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Pampered Chef's bamboo is beautiful, durable, strong and incredibly "green". While they do need to be handwashed only, taking care of them helps take care of us and our planet, too!


Facts about Bamboo:

Strength and Durability

Thanks to its unique composition, bamboo is naturally designed for strength...

Unlike wood, bamboo has no rays or knots, allowing it to withstand more stress throughout the length of each stalk.
Bamboo’s sectional anatomy, both as a cane and on a microscopic fiber level, enhances its structural integrity.
The high silica content in bamboo fibers means the material cannot be digested by termites.
Bamboo contains different chemical extractives than hardwood, which make it better suited for gluing.

As a result, in structural engineering tests bamboo has been shown to have...

Higher tensile strength than many alloys of steel
Higher compressive strength than many mixtures of concrete
Higher strength-to-weight ratio than graphite



Did You Know? The very dense fibers in each bamboo cane give the plant extreme flexibility, allowing it to bend without snapping. In earthquakes, a bamboo forest is actually a very safe place to take shelter, and houses made of bamboo have been known to withstand 9.0 magnitude quakes. For thousands of years bamboo has been the go-to building material for most of the world.


Fast Regeneration

Trees used for conventional wood take 30-50 years to regenerate to their full mass. In the meantime, there is less oxygen produced, less carbon dioxide consumed, and more soil runoff in the spot where the tree was harvested - all producing harmful environmental effects. When it comes to sustainability, bamboo has traditional lumber beat in every category...

Bamboo is clocked as the fastest growing plant on Earth. Some species have been measured to grow over 4 feet in 24 hours.
A pole of bamboo can regenerate to its full mass in just six months!
Bamboo can be continuously re-harvested every 3 years, without causing damage to the plant system and surrounding environment.
During the time it takes to regenerate, the bamboo plant's root system stays intact so erosion is prevented.
Continuous harvesting of this woody grass every 3-7 years, actually improves the overall health of the plant.

Did You Know? It is believed that if bamboo were planted on a mass basis it could completely reverse the effects of global warming in just 6 years, while providing a renewable source of food, building material, and erosion prevention.

-from Cali Bamboo, http://www.calibamboo.com/whybamboo.html
 

DebPC

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Thanks Scott- very interesting!
 

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