Increasing populations and the growth of a global middle class results in a rising demand for wood and fiber based products, placing further pressure on the planet’s remaining forests. Plantations currently provide <30% of the world’s timber needs and so temperate and tropical forests continue to be cleared to meet this demand. Meanwhile, global commitments to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020 continue to search for economically viable solutions for land restoration while industries and corporations desperately continue to search for tree free, deforestation free fibers.
Bamboo plantations can be grown on degraded land, providing positive restoration properties while at the same time reducing deforestation and degradation through the provision of a sustainable source of fiber. Bamboo’s fast growth rate and high productivity results in significant volumes of fiber produced per area and input. EcoPlanet Bamboo's investment into new technology enables bamboo’s use in the manufacturing of most products that currently rely on wood as their raw fiber. Grown on degraded land, EcoPlanet Bamboo’s plantations can provide a secure and sustainable raw resource for industries, companies and consumers.
"We envision a world where millions of hectares of degraded land are restored into productive bamboo plantations, generating competitive financial returns and reducing pressure on our world's remaining natural forests while regenerating rural economies."