Frequently Asked Questions
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. Growing up to 1metre a day! Like all plants, bamboo absorbs CO2 through photosynthesis and releases oxygen, making it a great solution to planet pollution. Bamboo absorbs CO2 faster than all trees in its early years. The benefit of bamboo is that, as it is a grass you can harvest it and it will grow again to its full height. You are then left with the raw harvested material which you can accurately measure its CO2 absorption and be made into low carbon products for the construction, fashion and furniture industries.
To avoid monocropping, we limit the amount of bamboo each farmer can grow on their land to 35 per hectare. Farmers are encouraged to intercrop bamboo with other crops to enhance their agricultural production as well as support soil regeneration. This means that your bamboo supports the local biodiversity rather than works against it. Additionally, we only grow clumping bamboo. This does not spread aggressively like monopodial invasive species.
Each individual bamboo is geotagged and photographed after it is planted. We digitally track the plants every 4 months to ensure planting and maintenance is taking place, that the bamboo is thriving and to guarantee that carbon removal is taking place. We plan to work with satellite imagery to further guarantee the permanence of bamboo planted.
For the first few years before harvesting we use an algorithmic equation to convert the biometrics (height and diameter) of every plant into volume and then convert this to biomass. From the biomass we can calculate the amount of carbon and subsequent CO2 stored in every plant and pole.
When harvesting, which we do in 3-4 years the calculation is even simpler. First we harvest, then dry the bamboo. Weighing the biomass of every plant, we convert the dry weight into kg CO2. 10kg of dry bamboo equals 17kg CO2
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Currently bamboo is being planted either in Sri Lanka (around the tea estates in the Central region of the country) or the North East of India (Arunachal Pradesh). We sign an agreement with each one of our growers and land owners.
Your payment subsidises the planting, maintenance and compost for every individual plant. The farmer is paid x3 times per year to record and measure every plant. Payments are made when they are needed most by our farmers.
Carbon offsetting is a minefield, with many people rightly so not trusting it. At Planboo we believe carbon offsetting needs to be dramatically improved to encourage businesses to make meaningful steps to both reduce and remove their emissions.
Offsetting should be used to remove inescapable emissions, that is the emissions that cannot be helped. Planboo works with trusted partners to help businesses first understand their carbon footprint through emissions calculations and then recommends measures to reduce this footprint.
In addition to rapid carbon removal, bamboo is a grass that can be harvested annually. This results in a low carbon material with a range of industrial and product applications. Here are a list of awesome products/applications where you can find bamboo is a part of it: