Thomas Edison used a carbonized bamboo filament for his electric light bulb. It was patented in 1880 and still burns at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.
Alexander Graham Bell used bamboo for his first phonograph needle.
Bamboo was the only living thing to survive the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima at ground zero and provided the first re greening after the blast.
Over 1 billion people in the world live in bamboo houses. Bamboo houses are ideal in earthquake prone regions. Bamboo houses are have even withstood 9 magnitude earthquakes.
Bamboo releases 35% more oxygen than equivalent stands of trees. Bamboo can also lower light intensity and protects again ultraviolet rays.
Each acre of bamboo isolates up to 40 tons of CO2 with about half of that in the root structure.
Bamboo vinegar is beneficial for skin and hair diseases such as psoriasis. It is antibacterial, relieves itching and odour. Secretion from bamboo is used internally to treat asthma, & coughs. Ingredients from the root help treat kidney disease. Roots and leaves have also been used to treat venereal disease and cancer. Sap is said to reduce fever, and ash will cure prickly heat.
Bamboo has a tensile strength is 28,000 per square inch versus 23,000 for steel and its weight to strength ratio surpasses that of graphite. Bamboo can withstand 52000 pounds of pressure per sq inch. The hollow tube shape gives a strength factor of 1.9 times more than an equivalent solid wood beam.
A 220 meter long and 2.7 meter wide suspension bridge in China rests entirely on bamboo cables.
Bamboo fibre is antibacterial and with high absorbency. It is an excellent insulator and has anti-static properties.
Bamboo is excellent for watershed protection and soil remediation. It prevents run off, prevents riverbank erosion and helps mitigate water pollution due to its high nitrogen consumption.
Around 1999 the worlds population was 6 Billion The world’s population Just reached 7 billion, in 12 years. It could reach 8 billion by 2020. Approximately 40% of the worlds population now lives in the tropics, and that is expected to rise to 60% by 2050. This means the fastest population growth will be IN the Tropics.
We are going to need more sustainable, lower embodied energy building products.