ISO 21625:2020

With more than ten thousand different uses, bamboo is versatile, renewable, clean, green and abundant. What’s more, it holds the key to many climate change and sustainable development solutions. What’s not to love? ISO’s expert committee for bamboo has just published its first International Standard to support the industry’s growth, contributing to a better world for all.
This document defines terms related to bamboo, intermediate bamboo and bamboo products.
Strong, practical, renewable and nutritious, bamboo is one of our world’s most useful resources, yet most of its potential remains grossly untapped. Dating back to the Han dynasty of ancient China over two thousand years ago, its use has gone from making paper and treating diseases to the thousands of everyday items we see around us today.
Offering outstanding physical and mechanical properties, it can be used to make bedding, flooring, construction and building materials, furniture, kitchenware, musical instruments… and more. In doing so, it also creates employment and sustains livelihoods in many developing countries. To top it off, bamboo plants emit more oxygen and absorb more carbon dioxide than many other plants, making them some of the most effective tools against climate change.
This document is applicable to bamboo, intermediate bamboo and bamboo products in production and trade.