Bamboo has been picking up a lot of attention lately for being an eco-friendly alternative to other types of materials. One of the best characteristics of bamboo is that it’s extremely renewable and sustainable compared to cotton, wood, and similar plants. However, depending on what types of products you buy that are made of bamboo, you could be helping or hurting the environment.
There are a lot of amazing qualities of bamboo that really stand out when compared to other materials:
Naturally pest resistant, which means no pesticides needed to grow it
- Helps rebuild eroded soil
- Requires far less water than similar plants (e.g., cotton)
- Regrows to its adult plant size in 3 to 5 years (it can grow 2 feet in 1 day!)
- Absorbs 5 times more carbon dioxide than similar plants
- Produces 35% more oxygen than similar plants
These are all very impressive, positive qualities of a plant that we hardly use in our everyday life. You’d think we’d have more products in the world using this magical plant so we could leave a better mark on this beautiful green earth. That’s particularly why I use it for a lot of my household items.
Bamboo Is Super Strong
Using bamboo is not only overall environmentally friendly, but it’s also one of the strongest materials on the planet. The amount of material needed to produce a sturdy product can be much less when compared to other materials such as wood. So next time you drop a plate or bang your tray against the wall, likely bamboo will be able to handle the hit.
Bamboo has a strong, natural fiber that has shown to be superior to similar materials, especially wood. It has an amazing quality that allows it to be very flexible due to its naturally long fibers, so it doesn’t break as easily as wood when bending it to form into various shapes. This can be beneficial because then all kinds of products can be made, which wouldn’t be possible with other similar materials. As a matter of fact, bamboo and hemp share similar qualities when it comes to tensile strength.
In less developed countries, entire houses, buildings, bridges, and boats have been constructed solely out of bamboo. This is massively productive because bamboo is not only very strong, but it is less prone to warping and general damage due to water. This means that when covered in water, whether from a river or rain, it can withstand it. What can this magical plant not do?
Where Does Bamboo Come From?
Clearly, bamboo is a very eco-friendly solution to all types of scenarios when it comes to household items and construction purposes. Ideally, this plant would be growing all over the place so everyone could have the chance to use it in their local setting. However, most bamboo is produced in a small number of countires, thus it needs to be transported globally.
Several regions around the world produce bamboo, including Southeast Asia, Central and South America, and Africa. However, the largest producer of bamboo is certainly China, which should come to no surprise. Their pandas need to eat something! Don’t worry, they still have a lot to eat.
The thing is, China is the only country in the world that has enough bamboo to produce it at mass scale. While bamboo has always been a staple material for China, over the years it’s become much more popular due to its commercial success. This has created a lot of factories around the region that produce all kinds of bamboo products and has been a cash crop for many years now.
While bamboo is overall a very eco-friendly product, it would be beneficial for the environment if it were to grow in many places around the world. It would be great if more countries were encouraged to grow some if they had the appropriate climate. This would shift production from other raw materials to bamboo production, which is certainly a good thing.