Why Bamboo

Why do we love Bamboo?

Bamboo as a renewable resource

Depending on the species, bamboo can be harvested in one to five years and it is one of the fastest growing plants in the world [1] .Hardwoods like oak and pine take at least forty years to mature before they can be harvested leading to almost 1 million acres of forests lost each week worldwide to deforestation. Bamboo's versatility as a substitute for hardwoods offers a chance to drastically reduce that figure and protect the forests that we have left as it can replace the use of wood for nearly every application. Paper, flooring, furniture, charcoal, building materials, clothing and much more can be made from bamboo. What's more, bamboo fibers are far stronger than wood fibers and much less likely to warp from changing atmospheric conditions. Bamboo has a higher specific tensile strength than wood, brick, or concrete and a specific compressive strength that rivals steel [2].

1. Farrelly, David (1984). The Book of Bamboo. Sierra Club Books. ISBN 0-87156-825-X. "Fastest growing plant". Guinness World Records. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 2. Lakkad; Patel (June 1981). "Mechanical properties of bamboo, a natural composite". Fibre Science and Technology. 14 (4): 319–322.

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Bamboo greenhouse gases Absorbtion

Bamboo absorbs greenhouse gases faster

Bamboo absorbs carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equivalent stand of hardwood trees. Bamboo's rapid biomass accumulation and effective fixation of CO2 gives it an extremely high carbon sequestration capacity. [3]

3.Global Ecology and Conservation Volume 3, January 2015, Pages 654-663. Managing woody bamboos for carbon farming and carbon trading.

Bamboo protects topsoil layers

Once sugar cane fields are clear-cut and the stumps are sprayed or burned to provide space for the next growing crops, erosion inevitably occurs as the topsoil and nutrients are washed away by rainfall. Eroded soil clogs rivers and streams and affects the lives of people and animals living downstream.

 

In contrast, bamboo roots remain in place after harvesting where they prevent erosion and help retain nutrients for the next crop.

 

Bamboo self-mulches and provides carbon sequestration. Soil carbon storage might help us combat global warming through positive (Humanity+) agriculture and land management practices which increase soil carbon. In addition, fertile soils produce more food, promote biodiversity, hold moisture better, and are less susceptible to erosion, floods, nutrient loss, and desertification. More microbes in the soil enable plants to grow deeper root systems which allow them to tolerate drought better, and be more resistant to pests. Enhanced carbon in soils improves soil and water quality. These are all effects which will help society feed the global population and be more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

 

Sources: https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/02/21/can-soil-help-combat-climate-change, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5193398.

bamboo top soil protection

Bamboo

After harvesting, virtually every part of the plant is used to make a wide variety of products. From soil-enriching mulch, beautiful furniture to timbercrete and construction materials, every part of the plant can be utilized.

Our goal is to apply a bamboo-based agroecosystem that makes more efficient use of the land and prevents the pitfalls of traditionally inefficient agricultural practices.

Bamboo Park's visitor centre, gardens, offices, workshops and holiday accommodation are off-grid, run completely on solar power and rainwater.

Our location is only 8 minutes from the Sunshine Coast's best beaches and the surfing mecca of Coolum, 15 minutes from the Sunshine Coast Airport, and 9 minutes to Yandina train station. Bamboo Park is also close to the Ginger Factory, Coolum Aqua Park, some of the best beaches in the Sunshine Coast, Fairhill Native Plants & Botanic Gardens, golf courses, Mount Ninderry & Mount Coolum walking trails. The iconic attractions of Noosa and the famous Eumundi Markets are only 25 minutes drive away.

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