The needle in Alexander Graham Bell’s first phonograph was made of bamboo and Thomas Edison used bamboo as a filament for his glass bulb.

1. Bamboo is used for building roads. Bamboo is being used in road reinforcements in Orissa, India. Bamboo bridges have also been built in China, capable of supporting trucks that weigh as much as 16 tons.

2. Bamboo is used for medicinal purposes. In China, ingredients from the black bamboo shoot help treat kidney diseases. Roots and leaves have also been used to treat venereal diseases and cancer. According to reports in a small village in Indonesia, water from the culm (the side branches) is used to treat diseases of the bone effectively.

3. Bamboo is used to promote fertility in cows. 

4. Bamboo is used to build houses and schools.  According to UNESCO, 70 hectares of bamboo produce enough of the material to build 1000 bamboo houses. If timber was used instead, it would require the felling of trees from an already diminishing forest. Today, over one billion people in the world live in bamboo houses.

5. Bamboo is used to make clothes. T-shirts, socks, robes, boxers

6. Bamboo is used to make fashion accessories.  Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other types of jewelry.

7. Bamboo is used to feed people and animals. Bamboo shoots are used mainly in Asian food preparations. In Japan, the antioxidant properties of the bamboo skin prevent bacterial growth, and are used as natural food preservatives. Bamboo leaves and shoots are also the staple diet of pandas and elephants.

8. Bamboo is used for scaffolding. Bamboo is often used for scaffolding because it proves to be an eco-friendly and cost-effective resource. In Hong Kong, bamboo scaffolding is preferred over metal scaffolding because of its easy availability and because it is cheaper.

9. Bamboo is used to make furniture. Beautiful and intricately crafted beds, baskets, screens chairs and tables are made from bamboo.

10. Bamboo is used to make rugs. Exotic woods like the mango are often used in Oriental rugs. By buying a bamboo rug in stead you can help save a tree.

11. Bamboo is used to make diapers. Going green can start from infancy, wearing diapers made from bamboo cloth is an option. According to Japanese scientists, bamboo cloth can retain its antibacterial quality even after 50 washings.

12. Bamboo is used to make toys. Limited only to the skills of the artisa, his or her imagination and his orher inventiveness.

13. Bamboo is used to make durable utensils. Cups and saucers, spoons and ladles can all be made from bamboo.

14. Bamboo is used to make beer! - !!!!

15. Bamboo is used to make musical instruments. Flutes, drums, didgeridoos, even saxophones.

Perhaps we can encourage Gorkem Sen  (inventor of the YayBahar) to creat a new musical instrument!

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