Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet, with some species growing up to four feet per day. It takes between three and five years to be ready to harvest, compared to 30-50 years for its hardwood counterparts. It produces more oxygen than a forest of comparable size, and it prevents erosion. It grows without pesticides or chemicals. It is totally degradable and regenerates on its own. It is a wonderfully versatile material that can be made into hundreds of products.