Bamboo has become a very popular material for everything from furniture to architectural structures. This is because it’s such a great renewable, versatile source.
But if you already know the basics of bamboo and why it’s such an excellent material, you might want to look at some of the things you didn’t know about bamboo! Here are ten cool facts!
1. Bamboo is actually a type of grass.
You may be shocked to learn that bamboo is a type of grass, not a tree. Although it has the look and feel of a tree-like wood, bamboo is technically a grass and is classified as such.
Although it doesn’t look like grass – which you may usually expect to be shorter, thinner and green, it’s still a part of the same family and is a perennial grass plant.
2. Bamboo is antibacterial by nature.
Bamboo is antibacterial by nature, giving it a strong resistance against bacteria – preventing it from coming to any harm in the process. This self-defence stops any adverse effects from occurring as it grows and ensures the crops stay as safe as possible.
3. It’s also antifungal.
As well as being naturally antibacterial, bamboo is also antifungal. This means it is resistant to fungus – and in some cases may even be strong enough to kill it off!
This is good news for bamboo farmers as they won’t have to worry about any nearby mushrooms or fungal growths having a negative effect on their crops.
4. Bamboo grows fast – in some cases up to 1.6 inches per hour!
We know that bamboo is a renewable source, but you may not have realised that some types of bamboo can grow as fast as 1.6 inches per hour! Specifically, the Moso bamboo species has been known to grow up to 39 inches in just 24 hours, making it the fastest growing wood-type plant on Earth.
This fast growth time means it’s the ideal option for use as a widespread material. When it’s cut down, it simply grows back in very little time – unlike trees which can take years to reach significant heights.
5. There are over 1,000 different species of bamboo.
You may have thought that all bamboo is simply bamboo – as if there was only one kind. But really, there are over 1,000 different species of bamboo. Many of these are ancient types of bamboo. However, the latest was discovered in 2007 – showing how botanists are constantly finding new types to identify and classify.
While many of these species are very similar, they can be told apart by their unique markings and the flowers they produce.
6. Raw bamboo shoots can be poisonous.
Many people eat bamboo for its nutritional benefits. However, they tend to avoid the raw shoots. This is down to the fact they’re poisonous and are not safe for consumption by humans or animals.
7. Bamboo is a great provider of oxygen.
If you thought trees were the best choice for providing oxygen to the surrounding area, you might be surprised to learn that bamboo actually provides more! While trees are necessary for filling our atmosphere with clean oxygen, it’s worth noting that an acre bamboo emits around 35% more oxygen than a typical acre of hardwood trees.
8. Bamboo can be grown without the need for pesticides or fertilisers.
Pesticides and fertilisers are bad for the environment, so anything that’s able to be grown effectively without them is a bonus. Bamboo is naturally resistant to pests and therefore does not need any pesticides. As a naturally fast grower, it doesn’t need fertilisers either.
9. Have you ever heard people say that ‘bamboo is stronger than steel’?
You may not think it’s true, but it is! Bamboo is stronger than steel in that it has a higher tensile strength – which is its ability to hold up against stress.
The tensile strength of bamboo is 28,000 per square inch, yet the tensile strength of steel is just 23,000 per square inch!
As a result, bamboo is often used architecturally in areas that are prone to earthquakes.
10. The only place that Bamboo cannot grow is Antarctica.
There is only one continent on Earth where bamboo cannot grow naturally, and that’s Antarctica. Every other continent has at least one native type of bamboo that grows naturally due to its adaptability to temperatures and conditions. It’s this versatility that ensures it can grow almost anywhere.
Why we use bamboo for our bikes!
In case you hadn’t already guessed from the name Bamboobee, all of our bike kits and bike parts are made from bamboo. But why?
Anyone with a passion for the environment will be glad to learn that bamboo is an environmentally friendly and sustainable choice, making it a great choice for anyone looking to live a greener lifestyle.
Bamboo is renewable, which means it can be regrown much quicker than traditional wood. Additionally, it’s much kinder to Earth during its production than alternative bike materials such as aluminium.
We love that we’re making an environmentally conscious choice to sell bikes and bike parts made from bamboo and we hope you do too!
To learn more about our range of bamboo-based products, stay and look at what we have on offer at Bamboobee.net, or get in touch with us if you have any specific questions about bamboo, bikes or the Bamboobee lifestyle. We can’t wait to hear from you!