Bamboo is the building material of the future. A new material that has been taking off is Plyboo, plywood made of 100% renewable bamboo. “a beautiful yet exceptionally durable green building material” (ArchDaily). It can be applied to furniture, countertops, wall panels, and suspended ceilings as stated by ArchDaily. Just Like wood it can be sanded and finished, yet it is more durable and a rapidly renewable material.
When I first looked into this article I was a bit skeptical about bamboo over wood simply because wood has been being used heavily for all these applications. After looking at the specifications however one can see that it has the same building characteristics as wood. It can be assembled the same way with the same glue for example. However Plyboo is fire resistance, 100% bamboo, and holds 80lbs per sheet (ArchDaily).
In the end this new material seems innovative and new, but it does the same thing as wood. Plyboo may be 100% bamboo but it can be used the same as wood. It says it is “hard and dense plywood with an entirely new bamboo aesthetic” (ArchDaily) but the only thing you are paying for is the look or aesthetic. They already make dense plywood out of wood. In the end, if you have the money and enjoy the look Plyboo may be the new material you are looking for.