7 REASONS WHY BAMBOO JUST MIGHT SAVE THE PLANET
With depleting resources and the damage from years of pollution becoming more apparent every day, we take a closer look at just why bamboo is the most incredible plant on earth.
It Grows Like Crazy
Bamboo is not actually a tree, but is, in fact, a grass, and one of the fastest growing grasses in the world at that. Some species grow as much as 1 foot per day. They reach maturity at 3 - 5 years, far faster than slow-growing hardwoods. making them ideal as a plantation crop.
It's Insanely Strong
In fact, bamboo may just be one of the strongest materials on the planet. It has a greater tensile strength (resistance to being pulled apart) than steel and withstands compression better than concrete. Simply put, it's one of the most versatile and durable natural resources on earth.
A Truly Renewable Resource
Due to its fast growth and the fact that it requires no replanting, bamboo is one of the great renewable resources. It's not unlike a grass (in fact it IS technically a grass!) When it is cut, it still keeps growing. This means that in order to harvest the bamboo you don't need to cut down the entire plant as bamboo keeps producing new shoots, providing a constant supply of poles.
It is the Ultimate Carbon Warrior
It really is punching above its weight in the carbon stakes. Bamboo absorbs carbon dioxide and produces 35% more oxygen than hardwood trees, making it crucial in stabilizing our planet's atmosphere. Using bamboo in products prevents the carbon from getting back into the atmosphere.
It's the Swiss Army Knife of the Plant World
Like that annoying friend that seems to do everything better, bamboo can replace wood for almost every application. It has been used for everything from food, paper, flooring, construction, medicine, weaponry and even as an aphrodisiac! What's more, bamboo fibers are much less likely to warp from atmospheric conditions.
It Provides Economic Opportunities in Developing Countries
Bamboo is a staple crop in many less developed countries. Production and the manufacturing of bamboo products provides job opportunities in areas that desperately need social and economic stability.
It's a Super-Plant
Bamboo is able to grow with minimal energy needs and has natural antimicrobial properties, meaning it has resistance to pests and fungi infestation. Unlike larger trees that require an abundance of sunlight to grow, bamboo requires little sun and uses it more efficiently.
We're pleased to be able to work with this wonder-plant and utilize its many benefits to help eradicate single-use plastic.