Versatile, Sustainable And Strong Grass.

Versatile, Sustainable And Strong Grass.

Sustainable Grass

Bamboo are the fastest growing plants on earth. They utilise unique rhizome (underground stems) to self-multiply. This allows some species of bamboo to grow up to 0.91m or 3 feet in one day. Due to its fast growth, bamboo is a useful construction material. Engineered bamboo is created from the laminated and treated raw material. The Cubo Modular Bamboo Houses currently produced in the Philippines by Earl Patrick Forlales are a fantastic example of the flexible nature of this amazing grass. This adaptable material has several uses, from water pipes to scaffolding and bamboo fibres in fabrics. Furthermore, young bamboo shoots are edible and they use older canes for paper/pulp, instruments and intricate decorations.

Let’s look at 3 different ways this sustainable grass is versatile, strong and unique.

A Grass to Reduce Erosion

An innovative method to reduce soil erosion and landslides involve bamboo clippings. Planting bamboo on depleted soils, riverbanks, and hills enables this giant grass’s roots to bind to the soil, making the ground stable and less prone to slipping due to heavy rains. Additionally, bamboo purifies both the surface and underground water. 

In Kenya, farmers are growing bamboo to prevent soil erosion and to reforest areas depleted by tea plantations.  This sustainable grass does not require fertiliser or special soil condition for growth. Bamboo aerates the soil, allowing indigenous plants to return to the rehabilitated area. Additionally, farming bamboo relieves the pressure on forests, enabling the conservation of local flora and fauna to strengthen as bamboo can be used instead of trees. Bamboo is a low maintenance crop, once planted in the soil, farmers only need to harvest the length of cane they require. In September 2020, the Kenyan government declared bamboo a cash crop elevating it’s status from a nuisance weed to a profitable plant.

Bamboo forest. Image: Andrés Dallimonti | Unsplash

Sustainable Furniture

Bamboo, cane and rattan are natural and sustainable materials used in traditional and modern furniture design. They create interior and exterior furniture from these materials. The options are unique and endless. Furthermore, these materials can withstand dry climates and when treated, work well in humid conditions. Bamboo furniture is durable, environmentally friendly and easy to maintain. A couple of issues with bamboo furniture include, the lack of grading system to determine the quality of plant used and the emissions from volatile organic chemicals (VOC) used in bamboo adhesives can be toxic.

Scaffolding Stronger Than Steel

When compared to steel and aluminium bamboo is stronger, lighter and more flexible. In Asia, bamboo scaffolding was popular however this method is dying. Hong Kong, the city with 482 skyscrapers (buildings taller than 150 m or 492 ft) is the last bastion of this dwindling art form. Here bamboo scaffolding structures have risen over 60 stories in the air. Safety is an issue for tall scaffolding structures created from bamboo. However, in countries that use wood instead of metal scaffold poles bamboo is a low-cost and environmental improvement.


Bamboo scaffolding. Image: Pixource | Pixabay

Feature Image:

sustainable grass Bamboo scaffolding
Bamboo scaffolding, Hong Kong. Image: Mildred Williams | Viable AlternativEnergy.


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin

Leave a Reply


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin

Pages of interest

You Might Also Like

3D crossings

3D Crossings

3D street crossings are a fantastic alternative to conventional speed bumps. This idea has been around for a long time.  However the crossings in India

Underwater garden

Nemo’s Garden – Noli Italy

Nemo’s Underwater Garden is an eco-friendly and self-sustainable biosphere. It harnesses renewable energy from the sun and freshwater gained by the desalination of seawater. Temperature

air conditioner

Air Conditioner uses no Electricity

This A/C unit cools without using electricity. An eco-friendly air conditioners for the steamy climate of New Delhi, created by the Architecture firm Ant Studio.

Solektra Solar


Solektra provide various effective solutions for rural communities across Africa. Their projects include lighting through solar power, clean water and an academy.  Comprising Akon Lighting

reuse N95

Reuse N95 Respirators Safely?

Is it possible to reuse N95 masks without a reduction of the respirator’s effectiveness? Terminology In this article when I mention reuse, I am using

Arsenic labels - Viable Alternativenergy

Arsenic in Groundwater

Groundwater and soil contaminated with arsenic affects millions of people worldwide.  When arsenic makes its way into drinking water, crops and meats. The bioaccumulation of

Road electric

Road Charges Electric Vehicle

Near Stockholm, the road recharges the batteries of electric cars and trucks. By transferring energy from two tracks of rail in the road.  The design

You Might Also Like