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Bamboo: called “vegetable steel” for its incredible strength, it can save us from climate change

Bamboo: called “vegetable steel” for its incredible strength, it can save us from climate change

Bamboo, the thousand-year-old plant that grows on almost every continent, is emerging as one of the most sustainable raw materials on the planet for different alternatives for use and housing.

Bamboo - commonly called "vegetable steel" - is strong, resistant and also grows rapidly naturally, which is why it is an easily renewable resource and does not need pesticides that alter the environment.

Likewise, "it is a key product for climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide," says the International NetWork for Bamboo & Rattan (INBAR) organization, of which Argentina is a part.

From the first historical records of mankind, bamboo was used for different uses such as weapons, fishing rods and musical instruments.


The Chinese were the first to use bamboo canes in preparing paper and also to design the oldest multiplication table in the world. It has played a fundamental role in the development of Chinese culture and is a symbol of kindness, modesty and serenity, according to the ancient sages.

In recent years, very practical applications have been discovered as raw material for buildings, clothing, bicycles and even laptops that turn out to be ecological and sustainable alternatives that are beneficial to take care of the planet. In this way, new alternatives for the use of this material that is highly valued by the ecological community continue to be studied.

In Chinese culture, bamboo is a symbol of kindness, modesty and serenity

The World Bamboo Organization, whose mission is to promote and support its use as a sustainable natural resource, will present the 10th World Bamboo Congress to be held from September 17 to 22 in South Korea, welcoming members of all communities.

Bamboo clothing Made in Argentina

In 2006 an Argentine ingenuity began to design underwear and sportswear using plant fiber from bamboo to make the garments. Among the advantages that stand out over other materials is that they do not absorb moisture but rather expel it, thus keeping the skin dry and preserving body temperature.

"We were the first in Argentina to make garments with this noble material ... because it is one of the most sustainable resources on the planet", declared Angel Ferrari, CEO of the company Möve to El Federal.

Perhaps if a decade ago they had told us that we were going to wear clothes made with bamboo, ride a bamboo bike, live in a house made or decorated with this material, or process information on an ecological laptop, it would have been inconceivable.

However, today it is approaching a much more tangible and responsible reality. They are new and innovative ideas and developments that come from one of the oldest plants in the world, still in force and with a view to continuing to accompany us in the future.

By Celeste Caminos
The Epoch Times


Video: Magical houses, made of bamboo. Elora Hardy (August 2021).