There are many claims that bamboo is better for the environment but why exactly are scientists, environmentalists, and agriculturists making these claims?
It important to note that bamboo has a long history of economic and cultural significance, primarily in East Asia and Southeast Asia where it has been used for centuries for everything from building material to food to medicine. There are over 1,000 different species of bamboo growing in very diverse climates throughout the world.
Bamboo's environmental benefits arise largely out of its ability to grow quickly—in some cases three to four feet per day—without the need for fertilizers, pesticides or much water. That's pretty amazing, right?
Bamboo forests or groves expand and grow really easily with little or no care. A grove releases 35 percent more oxygen into the air than a similar-sized stand of trees, and it matures within 7 years. This is an incredibly short period if you compare it to 30-50 years for most trees. This also helps to improve soil conditions and prevent erosion too. Bamboo is so fast-growing that it can yield 20 times more timber than trees on the same area. Best of all bamboo uses no fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. Unlike most cash crops, bamboo requires no agricultural chemicals to thrive. Cotton, for example, is one of the most intensely sprayed crops in the world and rapidly depletes the nutrients in the soil, bamboo sequesters nitrogen and cultivation does not add chemicals to the environment. What’s amazing is bamboo extracts seven times more CO2 than a tree, so not only is it creating a bountiful ecosystem it’s helping pump CO2 giving life to our planet
After harvesting, virtually every part of the plant is used to make a wide variety of products, from soil-enriching mulch to beautiful furniture to composite decking to flooring to chopsticks, every part of the plant can be utilized.
The question here is why would you contribute to deforestation and harm the planet by using wood when you can have an equal quality substitute in bamboo?
Today, heightened consumer environmental awareness has given interest in bamboo a boost not only because of it's eco creds but also because of the varied stylish finishes you can have on the raw product not mention that is makes everything from flooring, clothing, building materials, kitchen utensils, bathroom vanities and other items (the list is endless!).
Bamboo flooring is now seen as an excellent alternative to hardwood flooring, it's tough, sturdy, stylish, hypoallergenic and scratch resistant (if you buy good quality of course).
Bamboo is also making waves in the clothing industry as an eco-chic and functional new fabric. Softer than cotton and with a texture more akin to silk or cashmere, bamboo clothes naturally draw moisture away from the skin, so it's great for hot weather or for sweaty workouts. It also dries in about half the time as cotton clothing.
Let's summarise here, bamboo has a far less environmental impact than any other ‘wood' product (FYI bamboo is actually a grass). It's a renewable resource, it absorbs greenhouse gases, it's one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, there is very little wastage of the plant, it's hugely versatile, it needs no fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, it protects the soil and it looks amazing!
If you are looking into bamboo as an option for your home, we would be more than happy to send you some samples (along with an expert) to come and chat to you in your home to answer all your questions.
Go Green, Go Bamboo,
Team Bamboo Warehouse