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Why bamboo is booming again in Taiwan

20 May 2014

A bamboo chair in a garden

An earthquake and strong resolve on the part of the government and industry have led to a revival and transformation in the use of bamboo in central Taiwan's Zhushan or "Bamboo Mountain" town.

In recent years, bamboo has been used to make items never before associated with it – from shampoo and insect repellent, to socks, gloves, and even roasted peanuts.

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Discussion starters

  • Technological products: Use this and other examples to explain the link between specifications of a product and the selection of suitable materials for its construction. (level 5)
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Keywords: bamboo, technological products, characteristics of technology

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