How Bamboo Can Help The Planet - And Your Health
Have you heard that saying about 'what's old is new again'? And how everything in life goes in cycles. It's truer than you might think! Take some of the 'new' sustainable materials we are starting to use in manufacturing and construction.
Bamboo is fast becoming the super-plant of the 21st century, offering a myriad uses in our modern world. We love it, and believe it will really help reduce the world's reliance on plastic. But it's not new.
Bamboo has been around for centuries, and grows just about everywhere, except really cold climates. Technically a grass, it is believed to have originated in China. And guess what? It was used way back then to make every day items.
Held in deep regard by the Chinese, it was used for making paper, weapons, musical instruments, utensils, clothing, and building materials.
Strangely enough, interest in the plant was lost, and it wasn't until the 1920s that major research into its uses really began. Unlike timber, bamboo is quick and easy to grow. Where a tree might take 60 years to mature, some bamboos reach maturity in around 60 days.
It is also extremely sustainable. Bamboo plants constantly regenerate themselves without the need for replanting. They also form their own thick layer of mulch by dropping leaves, and require very little water.
Compared to trees, bamboo minimises CO2 gases and generates up to 35% more oxygen.
Back To The Earth
Bamboo textiles can be manufactured without the use of chemicals, and contain no polluting residues. So when the product is disposed of, it quite simply goes back to the Earth.
Bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic, and great for those with sensitive skin. It is also naturally anti-bacterial.
The added beauty of bamboo is that it biodegrades very quickly - two to three years max. Plastic, on the other hand, can take up to 1000 years to decompose in landfill. It doesn't take a genius to see the benefits of switching to bamboo.
No Fossil Fuels
Dig a little deeper and there are even more advantages. Making plastic products involves the burning of fossil fuels. This, in turn, releases carbon dioxide into the environment, contributing to climate change. Bamboo does none of that.
Hang on, you say, there has to be a catch. Cost? No! Because bamboo is so quick and easy to grow, you won't be penalised financially for being eco-conscious.
The list of environmentally-friendly bamboo products is getting longer by the day. There's bamboo furniture, clothes, bed linen, baskets, cooking utensils, toilet tissue, flooring, charcoal, food and drink, even bicycles, sunglasses and Bamboofons. The sky really is the limit!
Better For Your Health
If you'd like to help the planet by switching to bamboo products, you can start small, with an item you'll use every day. The bamboo toothbrush. Not only will you be doing something positive for the environment, you'll also be protecting your health.
We have already discovered how bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial. A bamboo toothbrush will also reduce your exposure to chemicals, such as BPA - or Bisphenol A. BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, and has been linked to infertility, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, MS, and more.
Isn't it time you made the switch?