Bamboologic – Mintjens

Carbon removal via European bamboo fields

  Land stored carbon    Photosynthesis
Blommerschot, BE

SDGs co-benefits

Status: ONCRA Certified
Validation Number: BBL-L-006
TRL: 9
First issuance: 2023

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Description

Bamboo, known for its remarkable growth rate as the fastest growing grass, offers significant advantages. With its exceptional CO2 sequestration and oxygen production capabilities, bamboo stands out as an efficient tool to support net-zero emission goals and align with the objectives of the European Green Deal.

Aside from its carbon sequestration properties, bamboo offers numerous benefits as a plant resource. Bamboo efficiently absorbs nitrate from the soil, enhancing soil quality and fertility. Additionally, bamboo’s ability to retain water in the soil, helps prevent erosion and promotes soil regeneration. Another advantage of bamboo is its long-term sustainability, requiring only a one-time planting for a lifespan ranging from 60 to 100 years. Moreover, bamboo’s rapid regrowth after pruning or harvesting makes it an exceptionally renewable raw material to use as an alternative for fossil based materials, like concrete, steel, PVC and composite materials. The utilization of bamboo as a renewable resource aligns with both ecological and business interests, providing a solid foundation for environmentally conscious enterprises.

Since bamboo is year-round-green and lowers the soils temperature, it serves as a home to many other plants, mushrooms, insects and animals; creating a biodiverse agricultural ecosystem. Furthermore, bamboo is a water-efficient plant that retains a lot of water in its roots and the top layer of the soil.

About the Remover

Carl Mintjens is planting bamboo in the view of his furniture making company. Always searching for ways to make his production process more sustainable, Carl has chosen to pioneer with bamboo farming in Belgium, starting with this first plot in the Kempen region (Blommerschot village).

Carl is also aware of the positive effects of bamboo for climate, soil and biodiversity. The combination of the economic value of bamboo and the positive environmental effects are a true value throughout Carl’s story.

The versatile usage of bamboo in the future is a strong-point for Carl. Bamboo can serve as a base material for future wood applications, an energy source, protein rich food products for human and animal consumption and so on. Together with Bamboologic and other bamboo farmers in the regions of Northern Belgium and Southern Netherlands, Carl is growing the fastest renewable commodity for generations to come.

Bamboologic

Bamboologic installs bamboo farms in Europe and sells the raw bamboo or primary processed bamboo as a base material to produce sustainable & durable alternatives for hardwood, steel, PVC, composite materials & cotton. Europe is the largest market for bamboo products, with a huge demand for raw and semi processed bamboo. The only thing to do, is to plant as much bamboo as possible in order to meet the demand in a few years.

Websites
https://www.mintjens.be/

www.bamboologic.eu

Vendor Information

  • Store Name: Bamboologic
  • Vendor: Bamboologic
  • Address: Sint Hubertusstraat 10
    HAL 2
    6531 LB Nijmegen

Additional Benefits

  • Local grown: short chain & availability of product, avoiding high-footprint overseas transports.
  • New sustainable industry within one of the biggest bamboo markets. 
  • Sustainable alternative for tropical hardwood, PVC, steel, cotton, and composite materials 
  • Regeneration of degraded land and revival of the EU agricultural sector 
  • Bamboo fields are excellent nature-based carbon removers 
  • Low footprint, high impact; contributing to 8 SDG’s

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • SDG2 – Zero hunger
    Harvesting the edible bamboo shoots is an important part of managing the bamboo fields and promoting healthy plant growth. But bamboo shoots are also a common ingredient in many South and East Asian dishes; although a byproduct of bamboo production, they provide the largest revenue stream within the bamboo industry.
  • SDG8 – Decent work and economic growth
    We at BambooLogic believe that bamboo fields and all industry involved in production, processing, and sales have the potential to revitalise the European agriculture sector. We aim to help build a thriving bamboo industry that supports research and development. Focusing on areas that face tough agricultural conditions, such as Portuguese degraded land, we create jobs that can stimulate the region’s economy and encourage young people to return to their communities.
  • SDG9- Industrial infrastructure and innovation
    BambooLogic’s business model is meant to highlight circularity, inclusivity, and innovation. Apart from the more well-known uses of bamboo, such as construction and paper products, bamboo fibres and wood provide excellent alternatives to hardwoods and high-tech composites. BambooLogic partners with universities, research centres, and other innovative companies to create a dynamic research environment for the advancement of bamboo innovation. Collaborating with these groups, BambooLogic is working to unlock bamboo’s true potential, to develop new, relevant, and exciting ways to use this amazing plant.
  • SDG 11- Sustainable cities and communities
    Across many regions in Asia, bamboo is widely recognised as a sustainable material for urban development. From construction posts to sewer pipes, scaffolding, and composite materials, bamboo is used in a variety of ways to make urban communities more sustainable, and aligns perfectly with circular economy principles. Bamboo can also serve as a plant in and around cities, providing benefits such as carbon sequestration and oxygen production that exceed those of traditional crops or trees. Additionally, bamboo is a natural soil conditioner that can help prevent soil erosion.