However, with bamboo being such a very effective renewable resource, it only made sense for her and her team to create housing from it. The material is sturdy yet also quite flexible, which means you can shape it anyway you want, so long as you got the tools to do so. That’s why you get to see a lot of bamboo houses in other parts of the world.
What makes bamboo such an interesting choice is that it combines a lot of the attributes that most construction workers love about their preferred materials. For example, bamboo has a strength to weight ratio that is equal to that of steel. It can handle a lot of weight, so to speak.
Bamboo is hardly used in commercial construction, with most professionals settling for steel and concrete. Yet, for truly sustainable living, it is the perfect choice. It can be re-used, recycled and also remains quite sturdy, especially boron bamboo. As you can expect from a place like Bali, the weather isn’t exactly perfect, but boron still manages to hold firm and stable despite exposure to such climates.
Some may see Elora’s decision as a rather stupid one, especially those who are always out to go for the practical route. However, doing this much of a service to the people of Bali will certainly carve her name into its history as a humanitarian and a philanthropist.
Another major plus with bamboo is that it is compressive much like concrete. You can expect to put a stack of them together as a wall, and for sure, they’d be pretty dense. Of course, boron treated bamboo is the go-to option for creating these houses, and so far everything has been secure, as well as beautifully constructed.
Of all the career paths she could have chosen, why bamboo house building? She could have just easily retired into obscurity with all the money she made in the fashion industry, right? Then again, don’t be so quick to judge a person.