If you’ve had a look around in the shop section of Ecobuy, you may have noticed that bamboo appears a lot. There’s a reason for that, bamboo is basically a miracle plant. So why is bamboo becoming a material of choice for not only many manufacturers, but entire communities?
Well we’ve answered this with our top 9 reasons:
Reason 1: Versatility
For millennia, many countries have used bamboo as scaffolding and bridges. More recently, bamboo has been used in creating flooring, clothing, and toothbrushes. There are over four thousand documented uses for bamboo.
Reason 2: Anti-Bacterial.
Bamboo has a bioagent called Bamboo-Kun. This gives bamboo natural antibacterial properties, keeping bacteria from thriving on your clothes, bedsheets, floors, etc as it does with other material. (This is the reason our bamboo socks don’t smell)
Reason 3: Strength
Bamboo is amongst the top materials in terms of strength. It has a greater tensile strength (or resistance to being pulled apart) than steel, and it withstands compression better than concrete. This is why bamboo bikes are now being manufactured and bamboo flooring is starting to become a mainstream flooring option (there’s that versatility again!)
Reason 4: Comfort
Often compared to cashmere, bamboo fibre is about as soft as fabric gets. Once you wear bamboo, even the softest cotton will feel like sandpaper. The best part is, unlike other materials that get rough the more you wash them, bamboo clothing actually gets softer. Any bamboo clothing you have will become a number one item in your wardrobe.
Reason 5: Does not need much water
Bamboo requires minimal water to grow and to convert to consumer goods. When compared with cotton, which requires around 2,700 litres of water to manufacture just one t-shirt, it’s pretty shocking that cotton is the mainstream.
Reason 6: Grows without chemicals
Bamboo requires no chemicals and minimal water to grow. While pretty much every other plant that is used in manufacturing uses fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, and numerous other chemicals, bamboo requires none of these. Which makes it so much better for the environment.
Reason 7: Growth Rate
Some species of bamboo can grow up to 1 meter a day. With this growth rate, bamboo is ready to be harvested between 2 – 5 years. Whereas hardwood trees take 60-70 years to be ready for harvesting.
Reason 8: Oxygen
While every plant absorbs carbon dioxide and releases it as oxygen, bamboo releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than the equivalent hardwood trees, meaning more fresh air for you and me.
Reason 9: Very Little Waste
After harvesting, virtually every part of the plant is used in manufacturing. What isn’t used in manufacturing is either eaten or converted into mulch.
There are many other benefits of bamboo that aren’t listed, e.g, the economic development it is providing, the variety of conditions it grows in, the prevention of soil erosion (and recovery from where poor farming practices have occurred), the self-propagation, etc.
As you can see, bamboo deserves its reputation as a miracle plant. A jack of all trades and master of all. More and more products are being made with bamboo and new ones will be popping up all the time. It’s an exciting plant and its popularity is only going to go up.
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