SOLID BAMBOO, A SOLID NAME
The name solid bamboo is increasingly used to describe heat-pressed bamboo fibres, but other names are also occasionally used, such as 5th generation bamboo, strand-woven bamboo, SWB5G, bamboo XL or bamboo composite.
SOLID BAMBOO, THE SUSTAINABLE REVOLUTION
COUNTLESS APPLICATIONS OF BAMBOO COMPOSITE
When we talk about bamboo, we’re talking about a grass species with high woody culms and articulated leaves. The grass grows quickly and can be found all over the world. There are no less than fourteen hundred species of bamboo.
MORE DURABLE THAN TROPICAL HARDWOOD
Solid bamboo is the sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood. This is not only due to bamboo’s long lifespan. The way bamboo grows, is harvested and produced also makes it an excellent choice for people who no longer want to use tropical hardwood. Moreover, bamboo extracts more CO2 from the air than trees. Enough reasons to consider bamboo for your project.
Bamboo grows much faster than trees, so it’s ripe for harvesting faster. The fastest-growing species can even grow one metre a day. This makes it a means of combating tropical rainforest deforestation.
Whereas tropical forests need 60 to 120 years to grow and recover from felling, bamboo can be harvested and processed again after 4 to 6 years. Regular felling in a bamboo forest is even healthy for the forest.
Moreover, bamboo plants absorb almost 5 times more CO2 than a forest and give off 36% more oxygen. Harvesting the bamboo doesn’t endanger this process. A well-managed bamboo forest continues to release the same amount of oxygen. Bamboo is an effective plant for stopping the erosion of fertile soil: the dense roots hold the soil and thus prevent erosion.
Our conversion of bamboo trunks to laminated or solid bamboo is also done in an environmentally-conscious way.
A few advantages:
- The heat required in various production processes comes from our own furnaces. These are stoked with waste and sawdust from the bamboo.
- Solid bamboo is produced using (European) formaldehyde resin as an adhesive. Formaldehyde is found in thousands of products in our daily lives. However, too high a concentration is bad for your health. That’s why strict guidelines apply within Europe. In fact, the current E1 standard will be further tightened to E0 within a few years. At Solid Bamboo, we’re already fully prepared for this. The release from our solid bamboo is even less than 50% of the future, stricter E0 standard.
- We place high demands on the working conditions of our employees. We check this ourselves on-site, several times a year.
We’ve also deliberately opted for a sustainable transport solution. All the bamboo we import is shipped to the Netherlands via slow steaming. By reducing the ship’s speed, we can considerably reduce consumption of the necessary fuel, up to 59% at times.
In a world where the environment deserves our care, bamboo is therefore a sustainable alternative. In fact, the production of bamboo contributes to a healthy ecosystem.
WHAT ABOUT THE PANDA?
We are regularly asked whether the harvesting of bamboo affects the habitat of pandas, which eat only bamboo. The answer is clear: no, because pandas live in protected, closed areas in central China, while solid bamboo comes from the eastern provinces.
Apart from that, the panda spends most of its time on the ground. It looks as close to the ground as possible for the young bamboo shoots it eats. The type of bamboo we use doesn’t grow side shoots for the first 5(!) metres. The good news is that several reports have shown an increase in the number of pandas in the wild.