How Our Bamboo is Harvested

How Our Bamboo is Harvested

One of the main things that makes bamboo one of the best renewable resources is how it is harvested. In addition to being a fast- growing grass that reaches maturity in 3-5 years, bamboo is a plant that is able to be harvested without harming the mother (or root) plant.

Greenington products are made using Moso bamboo – a variety that is known for its strength as well as its beauty. We partner with local farmers who grow it in native regions in China using organic farming methods without pesticides or fertilizers that can impact the natural eco-system. These farmers are experts in bamboo forest management and cultivation.

Our farmers physically walk through the forests to find the bamboo stalks that are ready for harvest. With years of expertise, they hand pick which bamboo stalks are ready and mark them for harvest.

After identifying the harvestable poles, our farmers return and and cut each by hand above the root, leaving the original plant intact for future growth, but close enough to the ground to ensure the remaining part is less susceptible to rot or fungus.

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One of our partner farmers hand harvesting a pole.

Importantly, the poles selected are dispersed throughout the forest, which means there is never large sections of forest removed, or “clear cut”, at any time. This leaves the leafy canopy (essential for removing CO2 from the atmosphere) intact, while the poles that are ready for production are removed.

The mother roots which are left behind immediately begin regrowing a new pole which will be ready again in another 3-5 years.

It is this careful hand-selection and expert forest management process that ensures our bamboo is both of the highest quality as well as the most environmentally responsible. The difference is visible when you see one of our products in person.

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