ZAVOTTI BETS BAMBOO AS A FUTURE MATERIAL
Bamboo is positioning itself as one of the materials with the most projection of the future. Its great resistance and versatility, together with sustainability criteria, make it a solid bet for both construction and industrial design. Bamboo is a renewable natural resource, considered by many experts the option of the future.
Used since antiquity, one of the advantages of this material is the rapidity of growth and its ease of propagation. The bamboo is a grass (grass) technically and not a wood. Its propagation by rhizomes avoids the need to carry out replanting, and it is these roots that prevent desertification, acting as a restraint against the landslides caused by the rains. In one day, a cane can reach a meter in height or more, although for the bamboo to be in its maximum hardness state, it should take about three years. Therefore, forests are not destroyed to make furniture or fixed bamboo carpentry. Bamboo products are a responsible environmental and ecological option. It also has a certain positive impact on the crops, since the plantations avoid the pernicious action of the wind on them. And we add another important advantage: it generates 30% more oxygen than trees.
Bamboo exceeds in physical properties most of its competitors such as oak and teak, in terms of duration and stability. These traditional woods require a minimum of 40 years to be exploited intelligently. When it reaches that maximum hardness it acquires a resistance and flexibility that few materials have. So it is usually called plant steel.
Laminated bamboo is treated with intense heat, compressed, and bonded with resins that withstand UV rays and make it resistant to water, mold, fire and pests.
Bamboo is antistatic, can regulate indoor temperature and can also absorb UV rays. Products made of bamboo can contribute to LEED ® certification as it is a rapidly renewable and low emission material.
Something very important is moving around this material; In Latin America, several countries are testing projects aimed at finding varieties of the plant with superior properties, and carrying out studies to determine the impact of their exploitation on local economies. Companies like Ikea plan to work more and more with bamboo, choosing it with a commitment to the future. BMW, Starbucks, Zara or Bodyshop already have bamboo in their facilities or products.
Surely in the next few years we will have news about the increasingly widespread use of bamboo, and little by little we will see how it is incorporated into our lives, as it clearly emerges as a sustainable alternative to wood.