By Zem Joaquin, ecofabulous.com
Pandas cannot seem to get enough of this prolific grass. While I wouldn’t recommend any of us start chomping on the stalks, bamboo has become a popular (and beautiful) sustainable (depending upon the adhesives and finishes) building resource. As one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, bamboo is a critical element in creating oxygen and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Some species can grow up to 4 feet in 24 hours! It seems hard to believe, but bamboo is also one of the world’s strongest building materials with a tensile strength of 28,000 lbs. per square inch (vs. 23,000 for steel.) It can also withstand an incredible amount of compression, for example, a straight column of bamboo, with a top surface area of 10 sq. centimeters, can hold the weight of an 11,000 pound elephant! Cali-Bamboo has a vast range of fabulous products from roofs to fences to flooring. A balance of refined finish with a touch of ‘rustic’ around the edges, their products are not only organic, beautiful and versatile, but they’re incredibly durable. The founders of Cali-Bamboo love outdoors and have committed themselves to doing whatever they can to protect it. They only sell sustainable products that do not negatively impact the environment and they give 1% of all annual revenues to environmental organizations world wide (kudos for that!) For once the grass really is greener.