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Care of Bamboo Mats

Not much could be easier than caring for a bamboo mat. A quick mop with soapy water will clean them up nicely. Bamboo mats can be used outside, but in areas with prolonged wet period, mats should be brought in as they could well mold if left wet for an extended time.

Production of Bamboo Mats

Bamboo- Bamboo is a member of the grass family. Our mats are made from Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens, commonly called Moso. This is the largest of the hardy timbers that can grow in a temperate climate . Beautiful, giant grey/blue/green canes can get 8 inches wide and 80 feet tall, with contrasting small, feathery leaves and arching tops with terraced branch structure. Fresh moso shoots are a real delicacy in the orient. Young shoots are covered with a fine, fuzzy covering that looks like velvet. This is a true Giant. Can you imagine standing in a grove of giant moso that has canes the thickness of telephone poles? One of the most beautiful and probably the most magnificent of the giant hardies.

Harvesting - The slopes above the villages in rural China are covered in Moso groves. These groves are divided up among the village families and have been harvested by them for centuries. Each year they climb the mountains and harvest up to 1/3 of the standing canes. The branches are stripped off and left in the grove to provide nutrients for the next year. The smaller canes are bundled and along with the larger canes are marked with the family name. They are then dragged down the slope to the road. They are loaded on small trucks and taken just down the road to our factory.

Environment - No deforestation results from the manufacture of this product. Instead, a low energy, sustainable agribusiness is being developed with no dependency on chemical processing, minimal emissions and a preservation of the native bamboo groves of rural China. None of our products have been treated with wood preservatives or insecticides. All are safe and healthy for your home or garden.

Our factory is a well run operation right in the middle of the bamboo growing area. The factory manager on the left has been involved with bamboo his whole life, his father grows bamboo. Our buyer on the right assures our quality standards are met. I have inspected this factory many times and find the management progressive, the employees treated well, and the environment cared for.

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