Bamboo is a natural material with a hollow cylindrical shape, good strength, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing if designed consciously. Some of the benefits of using bamboo are outlined below.
Low embodied energy
Bamboo grows with minimal energy needs and without the need of fertilizers or pesticides. Harvesting bamboo does not require any sophisticated tools. Bamboo poles require minimal processing before they can be used for construction and if sourced locally, very less energy is used in the transportation.
In developing countries there is great potential for local enterprise to thrive once sustainable integrated farming systems are encouraged. Low-cost technology requirement, low skill-requirement and low overhead costs give opportunities for people to generate jobs for themselves and hence create micro enterprise.