Bamboo for the environment
Well-managed bamboo plantations, cleverly combined with other elements in the ecosystem, do not just generate employment and business, they also make a positive contribution to the planet and the environment.
Bamboo plants can help our environment and the agricultural sector. They function as carbon reservoirs, produce oxygen, prevent soil erosion, provide organic matter, restore eroded and polluted soil, retain water in the soil and help maintain biodiversity. Bamboo can be used to purify contaminated soil and water.
"Every part of the bamboo plant can be used and grows back in no time after harvesting."
Plant once for the next century
Once planted, bamboo plants will thrive between 80 to 120 years. Planting new bamboo plants every season is not necessary, because bamboo is a type of grass that only needs to be planted once. Harvesting is actually ‘mowing the grass’. Bamboo is a zero-waste crop. The usable canes, shoots, and leaves are carefully harvested, while the plant continues to grow. It allows the plantation to develop over time into a complete ecosystem with the option of growing other crops among the bamboo.
Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant on the planet. Whereas traditional wood needs 20 to 50 years to reach full height, European bamboo reaches maturity in 5 to 6 years. Bamboo is a colonial plant that grows year-in-year-out and develops new shoots and canes (culms), ready for harvesting. When the bamboo field reaches maturity, it produces 15 times more wood per hectare than trees.
Because bamboo grows extremely fast, it yields 15 times the amount of wood in the same period compared to hardwood.
The CO2 champion
Another property of grasses is the amount of carbon they store. Bamboo stores significantly more carbon than trees and produces a lot more oxygen. That is why bamboo is an ideal resource to compensate your CO₂ footprint.
European bamboo eliminates the need for heavy CO2 transport
European bamboo for the European market does not require heavy overseas CO2 transport. This makes the footprint of European bamboo significantly lower than imported bamboo or other tropical wood.
A natural regulator of soil and air
Because of its unique root system, bamboo prevents erosion and retains water in the soil. Bamboo is ideal to restore degraded soil and even extracts certain pollutants from the soil.
In addition, bamboo absorbs much more carbon than traditional trees and other crops and produces more oxygen.
Bamboo does not require much from nature
Bamboo is ideal for growing on degraded agricultural land so that fertile agricultural land remains available for growing other (food) crops. In addition to sunlight and a normal amount of water, bamboo does not need much. In order to stimulate growth, organic soil enrichment may be recommended, but pesticides or fertilisers should not be used.
Bamboo improves the soil quality and retains more water in the soil.
Naturally, as with any newly planted crop, there are certain things that need to be carefully managed to ensure good growth and to prevent any negative consequences for the bamboo fields and the ecosystem.
Read more about how we handle the different challenges here.