The amazing, versatile bamboo plant can be used sustainably for all sorts of products
If you’ve been thinking about switching to more eco-friendly products, you’ve likely come across bamboo. Not only is bamboo beautiful and versatile, it’s also a plant that can be grown sustainably without the use of pesticides and without the harsh practices of traditional logging and plant harvest.
Bamboo is a personal favorite of ours. It’s used in so many different ways around the world. Now, as more people are becoming concerned about the sustainability of our manufacturers’ practices, bamboo is gaining popularity.
All about bamboo
Did you know bamboo is a grass? It’s true! It grows natively all over the world except in Europe and the Antarctic. There are more than 1,500 species of bamboo, some of which can grow as tall as 13 stories.
Not only can it grow to be very tall, it also grows extremely quickly. According to Guinness World Records, some species can grow almost three feet in a single day or a whopping inch and a half every hour! Bamboo can be harvested between three to five years after planting. Once harvested, it will simply grow a new shoot from the same root system, meaning you don’t have to keep planting over and over.
And, bamboo is resilient. After atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945, bamboo was the only plant to survive. The bamboo grove which lived through the radiation is still preserved to this day in a museum in Japan.
As you can see, bamboo is very impressive.
But, before we move on, it’s important to mention that most of the “bamboo” you’ve seen in the garden center of various retail stores isn’t such at all. Instead, these small pots of so-called lucky bamboo are actually part of the lily family. The two plants aren’t even distantly related!
The many uses of bamboo
Bamboo has been used by many cultures around the world in so many different ways. Young shoots can be eaten, and the wood can be used to make building materials, furniture, and paper. With the advancement of today’s technology, the plant can be used in even more ways. In fact, bamboo almost has limitless uses, especially when it comes to replacing other wood species.
Because of its desirable qualities, bamboo has been used to make children’s products such as toys, diapers, clothing, blankets, and wipes.
It’s also used to make sports equipment such as skateboards, baseball bats, and rollerblades. Additionally, it’s a great alternative to plastic and so makes for great material for cell phone cases, keyboards, and speakers.
Bamboo fabrics are super comfy
One of our favorite uses for bamboo is as fabrics. The texture of bamboo fabrics isn’t what most people imagine. They think it’s stiff and uncomfortable, but in reality the texture of bamboo is more like silk. Cotton is actually more abrasive than bamboo is.
Not only does it feel great against your skin, it’s also 300 percent more absorbent than cotton, it’s hypoallergenic, wicks moisture away from the body, is antibacterial, and it naturally blocks UV rays from the sun. It really doesn’t get better than that!
Bamboo as kitchen accessories
Another perk of bamboo is its resistance to heat, stains, and water. Because of this, it’s become a popular material for kitchen accessories. You can find bamboo made into cutting boards, paper towels, coffee filters, salad bowls, serving trays, utensils, dish towels, knife blocks and bamboo skewers. It’s very durable, looks nice, and makes great gifts for others.
Bamboo is a winning material all around
Not only does bamboo have all the benefits we talked about above, it grows without the need for pesticides or fertilizer. Therefore, it’s a win all the way around. You literally feel good wearing it and it’s a sustainable fabric. It also provides you with peace of mind knowing that wearing bamboo doesn’t harm the planet in the same way that fabrics such as traditional cotton or polyester do.