EcoPlanet Bamboo acquires FSC certification
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EcoPlanet Bamboo reports that it has become the first company to obtain Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for plantations of tropical clumping bamboo. Although certified plantations of Moso, the Chinese “running” bamboo, occur, much debate exists over the application of the FSC to bamboo, given that the plant is technically a grass, and exhibits unique ecological growth patterns to trees. EcoPlanet Bamboo believes that the FSC Principles of sustainable forest management are not only applicable, but also provide a guarantee that consumers both trust, and value.
Producing the same volume of biomass within a single hectare as five-plus hectares of traditional timber plantations, maintaining a continuous and permanent canopy cover despite sustainable harvesting, and the ability to be grown under the right management on low-value land, the commercialization of tropical clumping bamboos, such as EcoPlanet Bamboo’s Guadua aculeata provide a win-win solution for growing global timber markets, says the company.
EcoPlanet Bamboo is the largest owner and developer of commercial bamboo plantations outside of China, producing raw and semi-processed bamboo for a range of wood manufacturing industries.