Famous as the panda's favourite snack, bamboo has emerged as the material of choice for eco-conscious consumers, too. So why the green credentials? Well, it's one of the fastest growing plants, making it super-sustainable.
But more than that, it looks good too, as the folk at Artek know. The Finnish brand, revitalised by new creative director Tom Dixon, has introduced a range of bamboo dining chairs and tables.
And to cement its cool kudos it's the material that was used for the undulating roof of Richard Rogers' prize-winning terminal at Madrid's Barajas airport. It can be used to make towels, matting even clothes. And from fashion to wallpaper, bamboo foliage is the leaf print to love this summer.