Bamboo. Commonly mistaken for a tree, belongs to the grass family (Poaceae). It is the fastest growing plant on Earth and can grow up to 3 feet in the space of 24 hours. It is both sustainable and edible. However, the young shoots need to be boiled before eaten as they contain a chemical toxin called ‘taxiphyllin’ which can be harmful if consumed by humans. Many animals however, can consume raw bamboo, including Panda bears and Gorillas. Bamboo is traditionally used as a medicine to treat wounds and combat infections. The tensile properties of bamboo are stronger than steel, therefore structurally it is commonly used for buildings and is growing ever more popular in demand; especially in the west. Such demands can be applied to flooring, skateboards, surfaces, furniture and more.