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Import of bamboo flooring grows 120% in Brazil in 2023



The global market is witnessing a remarkable shift, driven by the rise of bamboo as a preferred choice across sectors. According to the study "Bamboo Market Forecast to 2030 - Impact of COVID-19 and Global Analysis", this trend is more than a simple fad: it is a clear sign of an expanding market.


Projections indicate encouraging growth in the global bamboo market, jumping from US$59 billion in 2022 to US$88 billion by 2030, with a solid annual growth rate of 5% over the years. This substantial increase is fueled by the versatility of bamboo, widely used in furniture, construction, paper, among others. Its popularity stems from its sustainability and eco-friendly properties.


In Brazil, imports of bamboo articles are breaking historical records. One of the highlights is bamboo flooring, which more than doubled compared to 2022. A 120% increase in imports indicates a significant change in the national market.


The president of the Brazilian Center for Innovation and Sustainability - CEBIS, Katiane Gouvêa, celebrates the increase in imports of bamboo articles. “This is a reflection of the work carried out. We are working very seriously and professionally to promote bamboo in Brazil. We seek to change consumption behavior and perception in relation to bamboo articles, so that later, with a consolidated domestic market, we will be able to attract investment and gain scale in bamboo plantations in Brazil”


Bamboo flooring and coverings have a 25-year warranty and there are already more than 10 million square meters installed worldwide, and the value on the market is quite competitive in relation to wood traditionally used in construction. The square meter of bamboo deck costs around 1,100 reais per m², in Brazil. The main countries importing bamboo flooring are the United States, Japan, Denmark, Holland, New Zealand, Belgium, among others. In the ranking of bamboo flooring imports, Brazil occupies 54th place worldwide. “We are talking to architecture offices, decorators, designers and builders to use bamboo more in their works, especially in outdoor environments” concludes Katiane.


The remarkable 120% increase in bamboo flooring imports deserves special attention. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, some species grow up to 91 cm per day. This means it can be harvested in 3-5 years, compared to 10-20 years for most solid woods, making it a much faster renewable resource. After cutting, the bamboo continues to grow from its roots, not requiring replanting. This prevents soil erosion and allows for sustainable harvesting without harming the ecosystem. Bamboo also absorbs carbon dioxide and produces up to 35% more oxygen than trees of equivalent size, helping to mitigate climate change.


Bamboo is an alternative to wood as a construction material, reducing the demand for wood from forests that may be at risk of deforestation. Bamboo cultivation still requires fewer resources such as water and agrochemicals compared to other plantation crops or hardwood trees, which decreases the overall environmental impact.


In addition to its positive environmental impact, bamboo flooring is highly durable and resistant, competing with the most robust woods. Its unique look and variety of shades complement different decorative styles. Easy to clean and maintain, bamboo becomes a practical choice for homes and commercial establishments. By choosing bamboo, consumers contribute to reducing deforestation and promoting more environmentally responsible land use practices for forest conservation and global sustainability.


The growth in imports of bamboo flooring points to a growing trend. This shift not only reflects growing awareness of the importance of sustainability, but also opens doors to new opportunities in the eco-friendly materials market.


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