“Bamboo supports all four basic necessities of life,” said Nimitr Suchronesom, founder of Northern Bamboo Invention and a director of a bamboo research centre in Nakhon Ratchasima, referring to the Buddhist philosophy, which refers to food, shelter, clothing and medicine. Found across many continents including Asia, Africa, Australia, and Central and South America, this versatile giant grass is now finding itself sprouting amongst many sectors of the world’s innovative economies. One of the fastest growing and ubiquitous plants in the world, bamboo can grow up to 30 centimetres per day, and has been interwoven into the fabric of human society for millennia. According to Southwest Forestry College, China, bamboo utilisation in Asia dates back to second millennium BC’s Shang Dynasty, China’s second dynasty, when bamboo was used to make arrows. Today, with over a thousand species found across the world, bamboo is used across a bewildering number of industries and sectors from food to medicine to construction to textile and craft.