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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
A friend asked what's the difference between bamboo furniture vs wood furniture? I told him the following.

If a tree is cut down to make you a table, you can have a beautiful desk, table, or bookcases.

However, the tree is dead. Someone must plant another tree to replenish the one taken for your table.

The new tree will be ready to make another table in about 10 to 100 years depending on the species.

If bamboo is cut down to make you a table, you can have a beautiful desk, table, or bookcases.

However, the Bamboo is still alive. It’s technically a "grass" like the grass in your back yard. It’s going to grow back without the need to be replanted. It naturally replenishes itself.

The Bamboo that regrows automatically will be ready to make another table in 3 to 4 years.

Bamboo is very strong and durable. The technology to make it into outstandingly beautiful furniture and flooring is well advanced. A lot of bamboo grows in China, Brazil and many other countries. The Chinese have a lot of experience, for a long time, with numerous uses of bamboo.

For example, in China, instead of metal for scaffolding to build multi-story buildings, they use bamboo for scaffolding up to 10 stories. It’s that strong. Bamboo is also used for hardball baseball bats. It's that strong.

After I explained the above to a friend who wasn't familiar with the many uses of bamboo today, said "Oh, you just explained it so idiots like me can finally 'get it.' Now I realize that the bamboo of today is not the ugly cheap looking stuff I remember from the 1970s. The use of bamboo is totally different than what I thought. Now when I look at the images of your bamboo furniture, I see it's beauty and can understand why it would be so strong, durable, and well made."

The above is a true discussion between us.

Ed Mass
President and Founder of Yes It's Organic


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