Bamboo panels are are made from gluing together small stripes of bamboo cut from very large stems.
The stripes can be horizontal or vertical and different finishes (carbonized, bleached and others) give it a different color.
Bamboo panels have become popular as a high end alternative to plywood, although the sustainability profile is often worse than that of plywood made from local wood.
This is because bamboo plywood is not made out of sheets but stripes, it requires as much processing as plywood, but it is only produced in Asia.
|The life cycle
Bamboo grows 3 times faster than hardwood. It produces more on less land. FSC ply bamboo is available
Bamboo panels have a similar energy intensive manufacturing process to plywood, MDF or particle board.
Unless it's grown locally, bamboo has to travel a long way.
Although bamboo panels score very well on hardness tests, they are quite vulnerable to dents and humidity
Bamboo panels are strong but not as durable as plywood, because they are made of many thin stripes rather than wood sheets.
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