The Incredible Bamboo: Celebrating World Bamboo Day 

September 16, 2023

By Sonakshi Kandhari

Bamboo's history is as old as man’s. Also referred to as green gold, it's one of the world’s fastest-growing plants. On World Bamboo Day, discover how this plant’s usefulness has shaped both man's and earth’s journeys.

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Massive Oxygen Manufacturer

When a grove of bamboo is compared to a set of trees, it is found that bamboo produces 35% more oxygen. With this and its short growth cycle, it efficiently reduces the carbon footprint.

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It's a Water Preserver

It's equipped with an innate ability to store water in its rhizomes and stems during the rainy season, which it returns back to the soil in times of drought.

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It's a Safe Haven for Animals

Many mammals and amphibians seek both food and shelter in the murky enclave of bamboo trees. The giant panda, Sumatran tiger and white-bellied antshrike are a few examples.

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A Generator of Biomass for Renewable Energy Production

It's an invaluable biomass generator and a crucial source of electricity and heat.With 1–2 kilograms of bamboo, it is possible to generate 1 kilowatt  of electricity.

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It Effectively Replaces Wood

It Effectively Replaces Wood From a house to a musical instrument, bamboo fibres are not subject to deformation in the face of changing weather conditions. It can even be used in place of timber.

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It's Nothing Short of a Craft

One can fashion trays, mats, baskets and whatnot with bamboo. While its benefits are hard to count, it is also aesthetically pleasing and a means of sustenance.

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It is of Medicinal Value

The ingredients in black bamboo are beneficial in treating cancer. Furthermore, its roots and leaves are found useful in tending to cancer patients.

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It has Restorative Value

It provides vital support to the ecosystem, even in cases of land degradation or steep slopes where other plant growth is difficult. Its ability to store water helps in land restoration.

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