Unlike wood, which is harvested from trees that may take 40 years or more to grow, and then have to be replanted, bamboo has a high renewability. Bamboo takes three to five years to reach maturity, and then it’s harvested every year without the need to be replanted because new shoots come out annually.
Bamboo is also more efficient than trees of the same size as sequesters of carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas culprit of global warming.
And bamboo’s strength is not bad either.
“It’s super strong, its strength-to-weigh ratio is harder than steel,” Julian said.
With more than 1,500 species of bamboo available, different plants have different uses. Some are used for weaving, others for clothing, construction, food, and the list goes on.
“I have 30 species of bamboo growing on my property right now that I’m kinda doing a test of different species to see what grows good in Hawai‘i,” said Julian, adding the majority of them are for construction, but half of them can be eaten as young shoots.