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Bamboo the new lumber


December 20, 2004
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Bearing in mind the paper industry consumes $600 billion worth of trees every year, a tree-free alternative is bein…

Bearing in mind the paper industry consumes $600 billion worth of trees every year, a tree-free alternative is being hailed as a surrogate lumber. Bamboo OSB, officially introduced as an environmentally friendly renewable resource that could promote many ecological agendas, bamboo has the highest biomass yield of all land plants.

The world’s largest paper mill in the Philippines runs on bamboo fibre, whereas Mexico and other countries are starting to plant large strands of it in an attempt to capitalize on the booming industry. The current global bamboo market is estimated at $10 billion and is anticipated to grow to over $20 billion by 2015. China controls the majority of the market.

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