Renewable Matter # 21 / May-June

Bamboo Makes a Comeback

by Veronica Ulivieri

It grows fast, adapts to different climates, and is good for the environment and soil where it grows. A versatile, light and resistant material, bamboo can be used in construction and design as an alternative to scarce and costly raw materials. 


The Anjan Bridge in China is one of the oldest in the world and up until a few decades ago was entirely made of bamboo. Only at the end of last century were the bamboo canes replaced with steel cables. However, this practice is destined to become a trend of the past. Thanks to its rapid growth in different climates, its low input farming requirements and positive effects on the...

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