Did you know that bamboo is the fastest-growing plant ON THE PLANET?? That's a pretty impressive title to hold. It can grow as much as 47 inches a day! Wow!! Because of the rate that it grows, it's more sustainable than tree products. Bamboo can restore itself for use in only 5 years and it uses much less energy to harvest and than most other types of wood.
There's so much that you can use bamboo for. Bamboo shoots often make appearances in Asian cuisine, such as in Thai curries or dim sum. (YUM!) Clothes and shoes can be made from bamboo. Discovery.com has a great article listing all sorts of uses for bamboo...even instruments, toys, and bicycles can be made using bamboo.
Bamboo has recently gained popularity for use in wood flooring. We recently replaced our icky old carpet with fantastic new bamboo floor:
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