Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Of Bamboo

-- Quote of the Day -- 

“They may feel small {but} they have a heck of a lot of power if they put their mind to it…This planet really is worth saving and they are the ones who will be living with this… the youth really do have a lot of power …and I think they don’t realize that they have the power to change things.”

~ Laurie Schutt

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on Feb 12th… titled:Best of Conscious Discussions #36

 (*Click on the title to access the full discussion)

 -- Positive News -- 

Bamboo, one of the most renewable resources on the planet, has been cropping up as fabrics and paper, flooring, fencing and blinds for years now, but we just learned that the Nara Forest Research Institute developed a bioplastic that contains 80% bamboo and can also be recycled with other plastics. Today we are seeing bamboo bicycles, houses, musical instruments, skateboards and even in filters that are used to desalinate salt water.

Bamboo actually comes from the grass family of plant species and are some of the fastest growing plants in the world. They have traditionally been used as a food source and as buliding materials. The excitement here is how renewable these plants are - they can be harvested every 3-7 years or so without damaging the root system - allowing for continual regrowth. The fastest growing known bamboo species was recorded as growing 4 feet in one day - now THAT is fast! Bamboo plants can flower but some species only flower every 60 years or more. There are smaller varieties that are often used in landscaping gardens as well. 
Check out to find some images of interesting landscaping uses for this plant.

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