Bamboo is one of the leading sustainable materials used to create furniture and other miscellaneous objects ranging from straws to kitchen utensils. You may be willing to hop on board the trend train while you enjoy the rustic-chic aesthetic that bamboo homeware has to offer, but is bamboo another fleeting sustainable living trend or is it truly making an impact on our environment?
What is Bamboo?
Bamboo is a perennial evergreen plant that falls under the grass family Poaceae. Each species of bamboo is different from the next and all characteristics are species-dependent which means the size and diameter of bamboo will vary greatly from species to species. The largest bamboo species can grow over 30m tall with a 10 – 12-inch diameter – which explains why this plant is often mistaken for a tree.
One species holds the world record for the fastest growing plant in the world, with a growth rate of 35 inches in one day. While this is certainly not the case for all species of bamboo, it remains an impressive accomplishment.
How Bamboo Benefits the Earth:
Fast growth rate: there are 1575 different species of bamboo which means that pinpointing an average growth rate is difficult, however, bamboo typically grows to full maturity over 3 years due to a unique rhizome-dependent system. Bamboo comprises of some of the fastest-growing plants in the world and certainly grows faster than most trees. Weather conditions and soil conditions will influence the growth rate;
Renewable Resource: Due to its fast growth rate and the fact that bamboo can be harvested anywhere from 3 to 5 years, it is an excellent substitute for trees that are traditionally used for making wood. For example, deforestation once large oak trees are harvested has an exceptionally negative impact on the climate which can be solved through the growth rate of bamboo;
Positive impact on the environment: bamboo is an eco-friendly plant that can do wonders for the environment it is planted in. The strong roots of bamboo prevent soil erosion from occurring, which has assisted in protecting river banks, and the tall canopy protects the environment below. Bamboo has been known to protect the surrounding environment during typhoons. Bamboo also absorbs double the amount of carbon dioxide as trees, produces more oxygen, and helps mitigate water pollution due to its high nitrogen consumption. Overall, bamboo has an incredibly positive impact on the environment;
Antibacterial and Antifungal: bamboo has antifungal and antibacterial bio-agents referred to as “Bamboo Kun” which are naturally occurring and are present in the bamboo fibers and the fabric. This ensures that all bamboo products are resistant to bacteria and fungus growth.
Why should you invest in bamboo?
Bamboo is an incredibly durable material, with some species proven to be more durable than steel, which provides high-quality products that add to the aesthetic of any space.
The different varieties of bamboo mean that bamboo can be used to make anything from straws and toothbrushes through to hardwearing furniture and bicycles. There is very little that bamboo cannot do – it is even used in clothing and requires substantially less water to grow when compared with cotton.
It is time that everyone starts to give back to the environment to reverse the negative effects of climate change. Isn’t it great that we can make a positive impact on the environment without skimping on quality and style?
Make the change today and start incorporating bamboo products into your day-to-day life in order to improve the environment, reduce your use of single-use plastics and help prevent climate change and deforestation.