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Image of the Day: Bamboo, Nature’s Renewable Resource

 Credit: flickr/Cliff Cheng LF

A beautiful grove of bamboo in the Arashiyama bamboo forest outside Kyoto, Japan. Bamboo has been a huge part of Japanese culture and is an amazing green resource.

As the Japanese have discovered, bamboo is incredibly versatile and is reported to be stronger than many steel alloys and does not fall victim to termites. Bamboo’s strength and flexibility have been used in houses that have withstood a 9.0 magnitude earthquake. It’s the fastest growing plant in the world and can grow 1-to-4 inches in a day and regrows quickly after being cut down, making it the No. 1 renewable resource.

Since the plant’s health is improved by cutting, bamboo can be re-harvested every three years without any harmful effects on the environment. With the average 500-year life span of a redwood tree, a bamboo plant could be harvested and regrown more than 150 times. 

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By John
on September 10th, 2012

You mean 3 inches per day.  Bamboo does not grow “4 feet per day”.

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By ggrant
on September 11th, 2012

Thanks John for noting that. Should have read inches, not feet. We changed the story to reflect that, as well as to clarify it a bit more to simply say “1-to-4 inches”.

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