Five Friday Facts: Bamboo | 2nd Green Revolution

Five Friday Facts: Bamboo

The following facts come from Delta Airlines’ March 2012 Sky magazine:

  • 1,400: number of bamboo species growing throughout the world.
  • $23 billion: projected global market for bamboo in 2012.
  • 9.0: Earthquake magnitude withstood by some bamboo buildings.
  • 33%: amount of world’s bamboo supply harvested by China. The U.S. is currently the largest importer of the grass.
  • 2 feet: growth rate of some species of bamboo in a 24-hour span. Bamboo can be reharvested every three years. Comparatively, many trees used for building materials take decades to regenerate.

Image source: Metropolitan Museum of Art

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