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Most people have no idea what it takes to make the kind of ultra-soft toilet paper we use in our homes every day. The fact is that most of it comes from virgin, old-growth forests. And we think that’s a treasure too precious to be flushing down the toilet. Thankfully, we now have the option of using bamboo toilet tissue, equally soft but infinitely more sustainable.

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Solid bamboo species: Pillars of strength

Solid bamboo species: Pillars of strength

We typically think of bamboo as the woody grass (in the family Poaceae) with the hollow stems. This is one of the notable characteristics of bamboo that makes it relatively easy to recognize. But there are a few varieties of solid bamboo whose stems, surprisingly, are...

Best varieties of bamboo for a hedge or screen

Best varieties of bamboo for a hedge or screen

Bamboo can serve many purposes in a garden setting. It's a wonderful ornamental plant with abundant, green leaves and elegant, upright canes. Some types of bamboo make a good ground cover and some timber varieties are great to harvest for their massive poles. There...

Bamboo Species Identification: A gallery of grasses

Bamboo Species Identification: A gallery of grasses

It begins with the realization that "lucky bamboo" is not actually bamboo at all. And then they tell you there are two kinds of bamboo: runners and clumpers. But then you discover that there are more than 1,400 species of bamboo, plus a few hundred cultivars and...