First All American Bamboo Supplier Introduces New Cash Crop

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Creating jobs at a time when Americans need it most. Unfortunately the United States is behind the curve when it comes to utilizing bamboo to its fullest potential. Luckily, Southern Bamboo Inc. is changing everything.

Stacks of raw and kiln-dried bamboo in our warehouse.

Stacks of raw and kiln-dried bamboo in our warehouse.

Bamboo offers an amazing alternative to current agriculture based supply chains, and Southern Bamboo is in a prime position to lead the charge

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Southern Bamboo, which incorporated in 2010, is now harvesting American bamboo groves for domestic supply. This start-up company based in Jackson, Mississippi, aims to be the largest all-American bamboo supplier of bamboo poles for landscaping, interior design and other bamboo-related products.

Currently, the global bamboo industry generates $10 billion annually. The United States imports nearly 20% of this supply, making the U.S. the number-one importer of bamboo. That’s nearly $2 billion taken away from the U.S. economy annually (Source: Oxfam Hong Kong, International Finance Corporation). This is mainly because there are no domestic suppliers to the bamboo industry. Southern Bamboo is changing this by providing quality bamboo pole products harvested in American bamboo groves.

Tom Thomsen, president and founder of Southern Bamboo, attended a bamboo conference in Stoneville, Mississippi in 2008. There, he met bamboo distributors from all over the United States who wanted to raise awareness about the South’s ability to grow bamboo. “Mississippi, in particular, has a unique opportunity to usher in a new cash crop to economically devastated and ag-reliant communities in the U.S.,” stated Mr. Thomsen. After nearly four years of research and development, Southern Bamboo was formed.

“With the decline of the cotton and catfish industries, farmers are desperate for a new cash crop. Bamboo offers an amazing alternative to current agriculture based supply chains, and Southern Bamboo is in a prime position to lead the charge,” Mr. Thomsen continued.

An amazing plant in and of itself, bamboo sequesters four times the amount of carbon dioxide and produces 35% more oxygen than trees, thanks to its rapid growth. In addition, bamboo can be processed and manufactured into paper, flooring, fencing, fabrics, textiles, ethanol and much more. Raw bamboo is being processed for its viscose, an organic liquid used to make rayon and cellophane.

Currently, Southern Bamboo offers a wide variety of decorative and timber bamboo poles for interior design and landscaping purposes. Through partnerships with other distributors, Southern Bamboo’s product line has expanded to include fencing and flooring products as well.

By coordinating farmers, landowners, manufacturers and distributors, Southern Bamboo is making bold strides to make bamboo not just a green product, but an American product.

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