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This awesomely inspiring short video takes a look at a gorgeous bamboo home designed by Nick Oosterveen, a “sustainable designer” who creates homes which work in harmony with nature and do not put a strain on natural resources. The video is below our commentary.
Bamboo is a phenomenal building material. It’s incredibly versatile, super fast growing, super strong, durable and sustainable. It could really be said to be one of the materials of the future! Bamboo has a higher resistance to compression than wood (which makes it an ideal flooring material), brick and concrete, combined with a tensile strength that competes with that of steel! 
Bamboo is actually a type of grass and is a renewable resource. You cut it and it grows right back – as opposed to clear felling trees, which would result in a bare area that needs replanting (and may cause soil erosion). Phyllostachys species of bamboo, some of which can grow to 100ft tall, are considered invasive and are actually illegal to sell or propagate in some areas of the USA, though the ones in your local nursery I would imagine to be legal.
Bamboo is actually rated as the fastest growing plant in the world and certain species have been recorded at an astonishing 88.9 cm growth with in 24 hours! This growth rate depends of course on the climate and growing conditions – it thrives in tropical conditions and many species cannot withstand frost. When bamboo shoots first grow, they are soft but gradually harden over the course of three to seven years, at which point the bamboo is at optimal maturity for harvesting.
One of the video comments caught my eye: People have expressed concern about issues with bamboo and termites. According to their comment, this was solved by the ancient Chinese using natural materials – by simply boiling the material in salted water to remove edible nutrients for insects and then coating the surface of bamboo with lacquer and oil from the seeds of Vernicia fordii which is poisonous to insects.
This house looks amazing and watching this might make you want one! Ok, here’s the video:
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If you haven't heard of Claude Davis yet do yourself a huge favor and watch this video.
One of the smartest guys I ever had the pleasure of meeting, Claude set-up a unique prepping system that changed his life forever.
I already tried it myself and let me tell... you I was completely blown away... His surprising tactics could make your life easier and give you the peace of mind you deserve.
Don't just take my word for it... watch his short video and decide for yourself.
Most People Don't Have The Guts To Try This:
An amazing discovery in an abandoned house in Austin, Texas: A lost book of amazing survival knowledge, believed to have been long vanished to history, has been found in a dusty drawer in the house which belonged to a guy named Claude Davis.
Remember... back in those days, there was no electricity... no refrigerators... no law enforcement... and certainly no grocery store or supermarkets... Some of these exceptional skills are hundreds of years of old and they were learned the hard way by the early pioneers.
We've lost to history so much survival knowledge that we've become clueless compared to what our great grandfathers did or built on a daily basis to sustain their families.
Neighbors said that for the last couple of years Claude has tried to unearth and learn the forgotten ways of our great-grandparents and claimed to have found a secret of gargantuan proportions. A secret that he is about to reveal together with 3 old teachings that will change everything you think you know about preparedness:
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What REALLY Happens When You Bury a Shipping Container? (Hint: It's A Bit Crazy...)
Shipping containers are all the rage - but if you are thinking about buying one, you MUST watch this video first:
There's a general belief that if you bury a shipping container you can create an awesome root cellar / storm shelter / survival bunker.
But is a shipping container strong enough to handle the pressure?
Watch the video to see what happens: