Environmentally Friendly Bamboo
Unlike trees, some types of bamboo can grow 18 inches
per day and can reach heights of 100 feet. A bamboo stand generates
more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees. A 9-foot-wide,
250-yard-long suspension bridge in China relies entirely on bamboo cables
fastened over the water. It doesn't have a piece of iron in it.
Bamboo survived the Hiroshima atomic blast closer to ground zero than any
other life form. A typical bamboo has a tensile strength of 28,000 pounds
per square inch. Used in ladders, scaffolding or fencing, bamboo is twice
as stable as oak and harder than walnut and teak. It is as strong as
steel, is nuclear tough, and has a striking beauty, giving it a more
varied role in human evolution than any other plant on earth.
Source: "The Book of
Bamboo" by David Farrelly