Booming bamboo: The next super-material? 3 April 2012Last updated at 05:10 ET By Mike Wooldridge BBC News, Nicaragua Bamboo is being hailed as a new super material, with uses ranging from textiles to construction.
It also has the potential to absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide, the biggest greenhouse gas, and provide some of the world's poorest people with cash. Bamboo's image is undergoing a transformation. Some now call it "the timber of the 21st Century". Today you can buy a pair of bamboo socks or use it as a fully load-bearing structural beam in your house - and it is said that there are some 1,500 uses for it in between. There is a rapidly growing recognition of the ways in which bamboo can serve us as consumers and also help to save the planet from the effects of climate change because of its unrivalled capacity to capture carbon.
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