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What makes bamboo sustainable?

Bamboo products are seen everywhere. From underpants to straws and even bricks (which are very cool, by the way). It seems like the plant affects every industry in a sustainable way. Whether everything is truly sustainable remains to be seen. But the idea is fun and we appreciate the creativity.

We’ve collected some fun and noteworthy products on how to “preserve” with bamboo. But first, it explains what bamboo is and what makes the plant so durable.

What is bamboo and why is it sustainable

First, a piece that does make you smarter. For what is bamboo and what makes it so sustainable? Bamboo is a species of grass found mainly in East Asia. Bamboo grows under different conditions and there are over 1,000 species. You have bamboo as a broad tree stem 30 meters high in a rainforest in China and at your grandmother’s garden in the Netherlands.

What the plant is best known for is that bamboo grows quickly. In fact, bamboo grows so fast that the plant holds the world record for fastest growing plant on earth which stands at up to 91 centimeters per day. Compared to other renewable resources such as trees, up to 30 times faster. Also read all about bamboo pruning.

In addition to bamboo’s renewability, the plant is also self-fertilizing. After harvesting, the roots remain intact and the plant continues to grow. This means that because of bamboo ‘s renewable qualities, it is no longer necessary to clear virgin forests.

Did you already know that bamboo has natural anti-fungal DNA? This allows the plant to be grown and produced without pesticides or chemicals. This makes paper made from 100% organic bamboo completely biodegradable and also hygienic.

Bamboo has a high CO2 storage and thus contributes to purifying the earth. This happens especially as the stem grows. Bamboo absorbs 35% more carbon releases 35% more oxygen than the average tree. So by managing bamboo forests properly, you can make an efficient system.

Lastly, bamboo is incredibly strong. A bamboo log is one of the strongest building materials in the world. It has a tensile strength of 28,000 inches per square millimeter versus 23,000 inches for steel.

The point, then, is to use bamboo as an alternative material. Bamboo possesses a number of properties that make it extremely durable such as that the plant grows quickly. So stuff made from trees makes the most sense because the same thing can be done with bamboo fibers as paper fibers. On the other hand, on the contrary, very hard materials can be replaced such as building materials. Read even more about what bamboo is.

Tips on how to be sustainable with bamboo

Saving plastic with bamboo products

Plastic is a big problem. Because it is not biodegradable and thus will forever roam somewhere on earth. So using bamboo here as an alternative sounds logical, provided it is made in a sustainable way.

Here are a few products where bamboo replaces plastic:

  1. Bamboo single-use cutlery, plates and cups
  2. Reusable straws made of hard bamboo
  3. Bamboo toothbrush
  4. Reusable bamboo coffee mug
  5. Comb or brush made of bamboo

Tips on how to be sustainable with bamboo

Saving trees with bamboo products

Trees are mainly used for paper and tissues. Think of all the daily needs you just need paper for. From the toilet to the office, paper is everywhere. Here are a few sustainable alternatives:

  1. 100% bamboo toilet paper
  2. Bamboo napkins
  3. Bamboo kitchen towels
  4. Bamboo print paper
  5. Bamboo packaging

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