Bamboo: The Vegetable Steel
Bamboo is a well used material from ancient time, providing an old contribution that still grows in importance, increasing the comfort and well being of humans.
Bamboo is known as the plant of thousand uses. This wonderful and awesome plant is very versatile, flexible, and very strong. It is apt for being used in different areas such as construction, gardening, fishing, crafting, furniture, utensils. It can be used as food source and other types of uses.
Bamboo plantations make an important contribution to the environment, since it works as a healer. It gives benefits from short to long term periods of time. This characteristic makes it an excellent option for preserving hydrologic sources and at the same time it prevents and controls erosion.
As material for construction, it has very special characteristics because of its flexibility and lightness. Its hardness makes it number one to resist earthquakes. That is why some people say that "bamboo dances with the movement". Besides that, this material is aesthetically agreeable. Due to that, the houses built with bamboo are attractive, economic, and they last for long time.
Other uses of the bamboo are in gardening as decorative plant, in the industry as raw material for furniture, paper, for making baskets, and other uses.
Within the more used bamboo species and appreciated by the people who work with this material is the GUADUA. It is well known because of its physico-mechanical properties. The DENDROCALAMUS ASPER is known by its diameters, hardness and fast growth. The other type is BAMBUSA MULTIPLEX which is applied for the formation of living fences or barriers against the wind, among others.
Bambu Tico, as a company that promotes the use of bamboo, has undertaken during the last decade a campaign of awareness about the need of preserving the environment using bamboo as a source to reforest those areas that have been destroyed by the intromission of the humans or by natural disasters which provoke floods, land slides among others.
We have seen that bamboo is the perfect ally to preserve the environment. Because of that, it is advisable to plant it in very deforested or unstable areas as well as at the edge of rivers to prevent floods.
"BAMBOO PROTECTS OUR ENVIRONMENT, BUILD OUR DREAMS"