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Bamboo: From Simplicity to Economic Wealth in China



We often underestimate the economic potential of bamboo, but the Brazilian Center for Innovation and Sustainability (CEBIS) is changing this perspective. We are working tirelessly to transform bamboo from a passive resource into a valuable asset, triggering a true economic revolution.


China is the undisputed leader in the use of bamboo, with a history dating back to 1,100 BC. Bamboo is widely used in the paper and textile industry, generating billions of dollars annually. The China Bamboo Research Center highlights that, starting in the 1980s, there was an intensification of the use of bamboo in several industrial areas, including food and paper production, as well as applications in engineering and chemistry. Bamboo is specifically used in Chinese public works, structures, coatings and finishes, boosting local industry and business growth.


In provinces such as Hunan, Suining and Hebei, significant investments are being made in bamboo technology and processing, resulting in technology parks with thousands of hectares of bamboo planting and hundreds of companies. These investments are generating jobs, boosting the local economy and contributing to the expansion of the bamboo industry.


According to China's National Forestry and Grassland Administration, demand for bamboo is constantly growing, with forecasts for an average increase of 8% per year until 2025. Additionally, demand for paper, including cardboard, is expected to grow at an average of 15% per year, reaching 27.66 million tons in 2025. Bamboo craft products are also on the rise, with an average growth forecast of 8% per year, reaching 18 million pieces in 2025.


This story teaches us that sometimes the most incredible and profitable solutions can be right on our doorstep, waiting to be explored. Bamboo is a perfect example of how innovation and entrepreneurship can transform a natural resource into a source of wealth and prosperity. It's time to think more broadly and openly about the economic potential that surrounds us. Together, we can turn liabilities into assets and create a brighter future for everyone


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