Making a Change
For more than 5 years BamCore has been developing the world’s first global supply chain of timber bamboo. From the Colombian Andes to the tropical islands of South East Asia, BamCore has built relationships with more than 16 suppliers on four continents. Each of these suppliers uses local knowledge and know-how to help source the highest quality bamboo for our Prime Wall System.
Our suppliers most often work with local farmers and villagers in rural areas of the tropics to sustainably harvest bamboo culms. Typically, these small-stakeholders harvest never harvest more than 25% of the standing culms (stalks) in a bamboo clump. Because bamboo is a grass, the underground rhizome structure does not die when the culm is cut and will send up another culm the next season sequestering more carbon and providing a continuing source of income for the local farmers. In contrast, wood forests are nearly always clear cut (even when it is described differently), this is because to reestablish the wood forest requires the replanting of young trees which need full access to the sun to establish and grow. In some communities farmers sell a few dozen culms a year from their own property, in others, villagers start harvesting enterprises that manage natural forests of bamboo. These networks provide raw material to BamCore’s primary suppliers that then pre-process the bamboo fiber used in our wall systems.
In many supply countries, bamboo is a secondary source of income for farmers that earn wages below the World Bank’s global poverty line. By expanding our market demand, BamCore is excited to create even more economic opportunity in the developing nations we operate in.
We believe bamboo is the fiber of the 21st century. By implementing sustainable harvesting regimes we have no doubt that the Prime Wall System, built around you and your family, will help reduce the impact of global warming and expand economic security to those most vulnerable in the developing world.