Celebrate World Bamboo Day With An Ethical Purchase
Bamboo is the big buzzword these days, with this ancient plant proving it has many uses in our modern world. From a food source to textiles, paper, flooring, home-wares, and even building materials, this humble member of the grass family is quite literally saving the earth.
And to celebrate the fact, World Bamboo Day will take place on September 18.
Bamboo has been around a very long time, and other civilisations throughout the world have been using this amazing natural product for centuries. It's use in the Western World, however, has been quite a recent phenomena.
It's A Game-Changer
The aim of World Bamboo Day is to promote the cultivation, care and sustainable use of the plant, and find new ways of utilising its parts. However, it goes much deeper than that. After decades of tropical deforestation, it is also proving to be a game-changer for the countries that grow it.
Take Indobamboo, for example. Supported by the Indonesian Government, this project plans to plant two million hectares of sustainable bamboo plantations across Indonesia, to be managed by 1000 villages. Imagine the jobs and economic improvements that will bring.
Take that idea further, and bamboo could become a tool to restore degraded land throughout the world.
Make A Sustainable Choice
We can all play our part by opting to use bamboo products - and if you haven't yet tried any, World Bamboo Day is a great time to start.
You've probably seen advertisements for bamboo socks, pillows and sheets, and there are many more products than that on the market. Everyday items, like bamboo toothbrushes, that can easily be incorporated into your lifestyle, to bring benefits to you and the earth.
Sustainably made and biodegradable, a bamboo toothbrush is one simple step you can take away from using plastics. Of course it's better for your health, and just think how much waste would be reduced if we made the switch to bamboo!
Bamboo Travel Cup
Another great everyday product making its way to our shelves is a bamboo travel cup. This eco-friendly mug is perfect for hot and cold drinks, and could drastically cut the number of plastic takeaway cups that end up in landfill. And again, it's a much healthier choice for you and your family.
The Eco Travel Mug does not contain any toxic material, and is reusable, compostable, and 100% biodegradable. Use it on the run, or at work, and take it with you when you go to buy a coffee.
You may think it's a small thing, but imagine if everybody you knew did this. And then everybody they know, and so on. It is only by shopping responsibly that we can all start to make a difference.
Just The Beginning
There are many more products that are being, or could be made from bamboo. One manufacturer offers over 1000 different items!
As the ancient Eastern proverb says: 'A man is born in a bamboo cradle and goes away in a bamboo coffin. Everything in-between is possible with bamboo'.