Booming Bamboo Industry Showcases Increased Demand for Sustainability
January 30, 2019
Bamboo products have quickly jumped into the market as sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic and other polymeric materials. With bamboo stalks available by the tens of thousands, China has risen to the demand for sustainability by consumers worldwide. All suppliers of bamboo are steadily readying themselves to supplement the plastic bans that continue to be implemented across the globe.
Both the World Trade Organization and The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development have acknowledged a growing trend in consumers seeking environmentally friendly alternatives to existing products on the market.
Robert Rainman, Chairman of the Bamboo Industry Association of Jamaica, has noted that Jamaica needs time to move into a position to fulfill the rapidly increasing global demand for the plant.
Versatile Bamboo Creates a Multitude of Products
The versatility of bamboo has been well observed by investors. Bamboo has been used to create a myriad of sustainable alternatives, including towels, reusable cups and straws, toothbrushes, dental floss, phone cases, clothing, make-up kits, and more. Biodegradable bamboo is also being utilized in the development of sustainable packaging options such as tissue paper and reusable bags.
With such versatility, manufacturers are comfortable purchasing the plant in large amounts. The large variety of product options enables the manufacturer to easily distribute the material among manufacturing processes or to resell to another manufacturer. This low risk element paired with the quick turnover of the plant keeps the price of bamboo products competitive.
Sustainable Bamboo Plantations Turnover Quickly
Did you know bamboo is actually classified as a grass not as a tree? Its growth patterns resemble that of the grass family in that it multiples and grows quickly. The bamboo shoot will reach it’s maximum height and diameter after only 60 days, when it may be harvested and more shoots planted in its place. During its growth cycle, a bamboo stalk will produce multiple new bamboo shoots from its root system.
The maximum diameter and height will vary based on climate, soil, sunlight, and growing conditions. Next generation bamboo plants will likely outgrow their parents.
Industrial Application of Bamboo in Construction
Bamboo is being explored as a component in modern architecture. In addition to its affordability and rapid availability, the plant exhibits phenomenal strength that acts as an asset in structural development. The construction industry recognizes bamboo as renewable, easily available, cost effective, malleable and elastic, and the most viable alternative to steel, concrete, and masonry.
Bamboo stalks bend easily and can be shaped to accommodate creative architectural styles whilst holding the ability to hold an extraordinary amount of weight, When filled with water, bamboo cane is also incredibly fire resistant.
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