What is Bamboo?
Bamboo belongs to the grass family and giant bamboos are the largest members. Bamboo is hollow and shaped like a cylinder. This fantastic plant is one of the fastest growing plants in the world with reported growth rates of 98 inches in 24 hours. However, the growth rate really depends on soil and climate. A more typical growth rate in temperate climates is in the range of 1–4 inches per day. It reaches maturity in about 4 years which makes it extremely sustainable.
Its root system is continually sprouting new growth and depending on species and location, also has a wide range of hardiness. Bamboos are very significant in Asia being used for building materials, as a food source, and as a versatile raw product. In Asia bamboo is called “the grass of hope” and because of its seductiveness, beauty and charm it has influenced the Asian culture for many years. The many fascinating applications of bamboo have made this plant an amazing renewable source of income in many countries. You would never believe this but, high quality bamboo is impressively stronger than steel. This unbelievable strength has lead to make this grass family member a choice in building materials and weapons (used for crafting the world’s longest bows and the arrows in Japan). This amazing plant’s species are found in diverse climates, from cold mountains to hot tropical regions. It grows on every continent except Antarctica.
Is Bamboo Good for the Environment?
Bamboo does not require large tractors to plant seeds or cultivate the soil. As well, it does not need any maintenance because it grows naturally. Furthermore, it is able to survive without any chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers which makes it extremely good for the environment. One of it’s greatest characteristics is that it can decrease greenhouse gases, because it absorbs carbon dioxide (C02) and produce oxygen (02). After the plant absorbs carbon dioxide, it releases over 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere, compared to a similar amount of trees. Bamboo plants are famous for improving the flow of oxygen in the air and also for creating a more balanced humidity. It can decompose into the soil by micro organisms and natural sunlight. It is 100% bio degradable and doesn’t decompose into any pollutants. It has been researched and scientists believe that bamboo has a unique anti-bacteria bio-agent named “Bamboo Kun”.
Is Bamboo Anti-Fungal and Antibacterial Plants
Bamboo contains a natural bio-agent known as Bamboo Kun. Bamboo Kun is naturally anti-bacterial and is so effective that it eliminates over 70% of bacteria that attempt to grow on it (whether in its natural or fabric form).
What is Bamboo Used For?
Bamboo can be used to create many known products such as construction materials to paper to weapons, bikes, flooring and more…
More Bamboo Products
Other increasing uses are: bamboo sheets, bamboo towels, baby essentials for the bath, and bamboo clothing but those are produced with rayon from bamboo. As this multi-purpose material’s popularity increases, it’s being used in more and more products. Bamboo truly gives you an easy opportunity to make your bedroom, home and lifestyle much more “Green” and certainly a step in the eco-friendly direction.