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Bamboo is one of the world's natural resources with over 1,600 different species in existence. As a member of the grass family, it is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, growing to 60 - 70 feet in just one year.

Bamboo is 30% stronger than Maple and 38% lighter than Oak making it an ideal substitute to wood, helping to alleviate deforestation. At the same time it also releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than the equivalent of hardwood trees.

Even more fascinating is when bamboo is harvested its natural root system spreads and automatically regenerates itself. All of the bamboo is then utilised. The bottom section of bamboo is usually the toughest and hardest to bend and is primarily used for flooring and building materials. The middle section is used to make handcrafted products, like our Bamboo Living range. The top section is then used for smaller, thinner items such as chop sticks. Even the sawdust created during the cutting is collected and mixed in with other materials to create a concrete like substance used for building.

Bamboo is naturally anti-microbial and therefore is free of fertilizers or pesticides in its cultivation. Not only does Bamboo benefit the environment, but is also helps to create jobs and support communities in rural areas of Asia.

The Bamboo Production Process:

Producing coiled bamboo is a multi-stage process that extends over many months. First the bamboo is soaked for 6 months. After drying, the stalks are cut into thin, narrow strips and are then coiled into the chosen shape, to create the desired product. The product is then soaked in glue and placed in the sun to dry. Next they are sanded or shaven until smooth, then lacquer and varnish are applied to create the finished product.

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