Bamboo is the hottest environmental trend for 2019.
Not only does it look great but it is also one of the worlds most sustainable resources!
What Is Bamboo?
Bamboo is a member of the grass family and the fastest growing plant on earth! It thrives in tropical climates but there are many species of bamboo that grow in a range of different places.
As replacements for wood go, bamboo is by far one of the greatest. Not only is it more sustainable, but it is also a more versatile. Bamboo isn't made to break, it is made to last. When the stalks are cut down and compressed they can rival the strength of most steel.
How Sustainable Is Bamboo?
The beauty of bamboo is that it can be harvested over and over again without having to replant!
It is cultivated for three to five years and then harvested. It regenerates itself naturally, shoots sprout from the roots that are left behind. This also helps to prevent erosion of the soil and helps it to retain its nutrients too.
No pesticides or fertilisers needed either! Bamboo thrives naturally without the help of any chemicals!
What Can It Be Used For?
Regarded as a 'miracle plant' in the tropical climates it grows in, there seems to be endless uses for bamboo. From manufacturing and building to clothing and accessories and even food!
Not every species of bamboo is suitable for manufacturing and most species aren't suitable for eating. But it is incredible what can be done with bamboo:
Textiles - Clothing, towels, blankets, pillows, etc.
Paper - Toilet roll, newspaper, cardboard, coffee filter, etc.
Building & Construction - Houses, flooring, roofing, fencing etc.
Jewelry & Accessories - Watches, sunglasses, bracelets, etc.
Wood Work - Phone cases, toys, furniture, instruments, etc.