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September 11, 2022 5 min read
There are different reasons to choose bamboo products instead of others. For example, they are eco-friendly, which makes them good for the planet. They last longer, which means less waste.
And not even just for nature, bamboo is also excellent for our health. It helps keep us warm during cold winter months when other materials would start to freeze in our homes. Bamboo can be used to make everything from furniture to clothes, to kitchen utensils, to toys. So what are you waiting for?! Get started today!
The world population is expected to reach 9.9 billion people by 2050. With such a large number of people living in urban areas, there are concerns about how we can sustainably provide food, water, energy, and shelter for everyone. One solution to this problem is to use sustainable materials and reduce our impact on the environment.
There are many different types of sustainable materials out there, including wood, paper, ceramics, and so on. These materials are often used in construction projects, furniture, packaging, building supplies, and much more. They are also used in everyday household items, like toothbrushes, cups, plates, clothing, and toys.
One type of sustainable material that is gaining popularity is bamboo. This plant-based product is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, capable of reaching heights of up to 40 feet in just three months. Bamboo is naturally resistant to insects and pests, making it a safe and healthy option for home décor and furnishings.
The world is moving towards a greener lifestyle. If you want to make sure that you’re doing your part to help the planet, one of the best things you can do is switch out some of your household items for eco-friendly alternatives. You don’t even have to go entirely green; just switching out a few common household items can make a big difference.
One of the biggest benefits of choosing bamboo products over regular plastic ones is that they don't contain harmful chemicals like phthalate, PVC and bisphenol A (BPA). These substances are known to cause cancer, birth defects and hormone disruption. In addition, many people prefer to use bamboo because it doesn't leach out toxic chemicals into the air or water and also it does break down over time. This makes bamboo perfect for anyone looking to cut down on waste and reduce their carbon footprint.
If we go further with the chemical nature of bamboo, research has revealed  that the most predominant elements are Carbon (C), hydrogen (H), Nitrogen (N), some potassium (K), followed by calcium (Ca) and silicon (Si). Besides those, there are trace amounts of Phosphorous (P), Sulfur (S), Iron (Fe), Copper (Cu), and Zinc (Zn). They did not see typical toxic elements such as Cadmium (Cd), Chromium (Cr), or Lead (Pb).
Also, bamboo doesn’t require pesticides or fertilizers because it naturally replenishes itself. This makes it perfect for indoor use. For example, bamboo has been widely used for furniture, wall, rack, curtain, and bamboo flooring.
Biodegradation (also known as biodecomposition) describes the naturally occurring transformation or breakdown of organic matter into smaller molecules through biological processes, including decay, decomposition, oxidation, and fermentation. According to Wikipedia , "Biodegradation is the breakdown of organic matter by microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi. It is generally assumed to be a natural process, which differentiates it from composting".
In general, it may take many years for pollutants to biodegrade completely — some remain poisonous long after they leave our waste management systems. However, for bamboo materials, people have noticed that they can be biodegraded in about 8 weeks. The latest research indicates that a bamboo product (lunch box) was completely biodegraded in soil on the 70th day .
Bamboo is a fast-growing plant that can grow up to four feet per day. This makes it one of the fastest-growing plants in nature. It reaches full maturity within three to five years. It grows up to three times faster than trees and requires less water than grasses. This makes bamboo ideal for producing high volumes of crops while requiring minimal amounts of land and water. According to the United Nations Environment Program, bamboo is considered a "super crop." A single hectare of bamboo can produce up to 10 times as much fiber per acre as cotton, making it highly efficient in terms of growing space.
The material is very hardy, meaning that it doesn’t crack easily and it can handle a lot of wear and tear. This makes it ideal for use in homes because it won’t break down easily. If you make a mistake, you can always replace the item. You don’t have to worry about it breaking down over time.
Bamboo is also incredibly versatile. In fact, there are over 300 species of bamboo found throughout Asia, North America, South America, and Africa. It has been used for thousands of years across Asia, Africa, and South America. It can be fashioned into everything from furniture to paper to clothing. Its versatility makes it perfect for home décor. You can use bamboo to make furniture, flooring, wall panels, and even lighting fixtures.
Using bamboo products doesn't require any special care and is considered to be better than those made from wood, plastics, or metals. Bamboo products are typically surface-finished, and they are well away from water, mold, and other stain contamination. People may hear about mold growing on the bamboo surface in rare cases. But that is typically due to the bamboo surface is not finished well in the process. The small unfinished areas/defect areas are exposed to air and moisture and then can easily get mold. On the other hand, most manufacturers have standard procedures to do the surface finishing and most bamboo products can be kept well for a very long time without getting mold.
This feature makes bamboo products great options for indoor and outdoor areas where they can withstand the elements without needing too many repairs or maintenance.
Bamboo products are not expensive and they look great, feel nice to touch, and they don’t require electricity to function. People always love bamboo for its natural beauty, so it was exciting to see just what new design possibilities could be unlocked by using it in everyday items like toothbrushes, paper towel dispensers, drawer organizers, food bag organizers, frames for glasses, wrap dispensers with cutters, and so on.
Choosing bamboo products is a savvy move when it comes to sustainability and environmental protection. Bamboo is a beautiful plant whose fibers are strong enough to replace metal and wood in many applications. Plus it grows quickly, and most importantly, it doesn't require much water to grow. Bamboo products can last a very long time and require little maintenance.
Moreover, choosing bamboo products over traditional plastic products is one small step you can take toward reducing your environmental footprint. Not only does using BPA-free materials reduce exposure to chemicals, but it also reduces waste from production and packaging—a huge benefit when you consider that millions of tons of plastic end up in landfills each year. There are endless ways to incorporate eco-friendly ideas into your lifestyle. Give it a shot today—you won't regret it!
1) N.R. Munirah et al., Characteristics of Carbonized Bamboo at Various Temperatures, Applied Mechanics and Materials Vols. 754-755 (2015) pp 115-119.
2) Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodegradation
3) Huan J. et al., Degradation Characteristics of Environment-Friendly Bamboo Fiber Lunch Box Buried in the Soil, Forests 2022, 13(7), 1008.
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