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Bamboo empowers Sustainable Development in Vietnam

01-09-2019 3918

Bamboo is by nature the biggest grass species in the world. That is why bamboo has a strong vitality, can survive and grow in the harshest environment places. Bamboo is considered to be the ecological material of the 21st century. Bamboo could empower sustainable development as it helps to “enhancing the health of human and the earth”


  • Bamboo is the fastest growing species on Earth. Some bamboo varieties can grow over 60cm in 24 hours. When a bamboo reaches full maturity within three to five years, wood take 25 to 40 years (such as Oak or Tali). This is why bamboo is considered as an ecological material that can replace wood with much longer growth times. Bamboo is a great choice for Go Green.
  • As it grows, bamboo produces 35% more oxygen than hardwood and absorbs 04 times more carbon dioxide. This is why bamboo is crucial element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Because of this, planting bamboo is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and help fight global warming.
  • Due to the high nitrogen consumption, bamboo plantation can detoxify wastewater and improve soil quality. It was actually the first plant to re-green after the atomic blast in Hiroshima in 1945.
  • The rapid regeneration and self-reproduction properties of bamboo help providing a stable income for the poor because they do not need much money to invest. Therefore, Bamboo is the best crop for poverty reduction in the world by PI International (Prosperity Initiative) research.
  • Bamboo has very strong fibrous roots which especially good for anti-erosion. Even during regeneration, the roots stay intact so the erosion is prevented.
  • Bamboo can tolerate extreme conditions that most plan cannot. Therefore bamboo is one of the best tree to cover the empty moutains, reduces rain run-off, preventing massive soil erosion, protect home and lives of the local people in the moutainous areas.
  • Bamboo has excellent mechanical properties: bamboo tensile strength can exceed carbon fiber, aluminum and steel, the compressive strength of bamboo can exceed the compressive strength of concrete. This is why bamboo is considered to be the material of the 21st century.


With the above superior features of bamboo, we call bamboo “Happy material” because of the development of this material brings happiness for the poor and help protecting the ecological environment.

Bamboo forest in Thanh Hoa provice help protecting Ma river banks and providing livings for thousands of local people.

At present, in developed countries, people are highly aware of sustainable development and they prefer to use bamboo in all their daily life. This trend will continue to increase and the less developed countries will soon follow this trend to help the bamboo industry thrive in the future.

We pledge to do our best to develop bamboo products in a sustainable way so that more and more bamboo is being grown for “the health of human and the Earth”.

BWG calls on all people to accompany us towards the use of bamboo products. Every bamboo product used will contribute to the alleviation of poverty for moutainous people and help protect our ecological environment.

A further look into the benefits of bamboo for the local Vietnames in Thanh Hoa province, please see the film by Oxfam below:

Oxfam video: A glance at the bamboo value chain in Nghe An and Thanh Hoa provinces



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