The Benefits of Bamboo ProductsNadia Almoussawi
The Benefits of Bamboo Products
Bamboo is used to make a wide variety of products; from toothbrush to clothes. There are a lot of good reasons to share with you why bamboo is becoming a very popular material. For example, bamboo is the most abundant natural materials. It is cheap to grow and harvest bamboo. Since this material is widely used it is important to understand the benefits of it and why you should use it.
Why is bamboo is so well-loved by many manufacturers and environmental-friendly consumers?
1. It is a sustainable and natural material
Do you know that bamboo is not a species of tree but a grass plant? And like most of the grass plants, bamboo can grow in a short time. A single bamboo plant can grow up to 1 meter a day. You can’t find other plants which can grow as fast as bamboo. As a result, they can be found abundantly in nature. After the bamboo is cut, it can grow back within a short amount of time as well and is unlikely to run out soon.
2. It is an eco-friendly material
Bamboo is pest resistant and doesn’t require a lot of water to grow. You don’t need to use any chemical to foster the growth of bamboo plants. Using no chemicals, no pesticides, and little water- all make bamboo a green material.
3. It is biodegradable
Since bamboo is 100 % natural, it is biodegradable. When you finish using a bamboo product, you can be assured that it will not have a negative impact on the environment. You should avoid using plastic and start using biodegradable materials like bamboo if you want to reduce your amount of carbon footprint and barely leave a trace.
4. It supports the growth of more plantation and a greener planet
Support the use of bamboo can lead to more of them planted, which in turn help to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide and prevent eroded soil. It is worth mentioning that each bamboo plant can produce 30% more of oxygen in comparison with other types of trees. Hence, growing more bamboo plants helps to bring a cleaner atmosphere.
5. It is versatile
Bamboo can be found in many things, from clothing, bedding, and tableware and even in dental hygiene and skin-care products.
How is bamboo processed?
There two ways in which bamboo is used to create products which are bamboo fibre and bamboo hardware.
- Bamboo fibre: Bamboo fibre is used to make bamboo textiles including bedding, towels, and clothing. In order to make bamboo fibre, the hard pieces which are cut down from bamboo sticks are processed with caustic soda.
- Bamboo hardware: Bamboo sticks are cut down into thin strips. They are then glued, pressed and processed to make the final product.
Keep in mind that during the process of producing bamboo fibre or bamboo hardware, chemicals like sodium hydroxide is used. If the manufacturers use it responsibly, it will have little effect on the environment. Additionally,, the manufacturing of other materials such as polyester or nylon is even more harmful. Because of this, bamboo is considered one of the eco-friendly materials currently available in the market.
Benefits of using bamboo products
- Bamboo in clothing, towels and bedding
Many people might think that bamboo in clothing will make it tough and hard, instead it has the opposite effect as when bamboo is processed the bamboo fibre becomes soft and silky. As a result, clothing made from bamboo is very comfortable to wear as it is very breathable and luxurious to the touch. Also, it is more absorbent than cotton, helping to absorb moisture quicker and keep it dry all the time, therefore making the clothes durable. You also don’t have to take constant care of your clothes or wash them by hand for them to last for a long time.
Additionally, bamboo fibre is the natural ingredient and is therefore hypoallergenic, so you don’t need to worry about it causing any allergic reaction on your skin. And with this feature, bamboo is the material you should look for when you choose clothes for you family. Just like bamboo fibre in clothes, bamboo in cloths, towels and bedding make these products softer and smoother.
2. Bamboo hardware
You can find bamboo hardware in decorative items in your house and even your toothbrush. They are bamboo sticks which are processed and finished. Still, they have the natural look of the bamboo. Decorative items which are made from bamboo will be a nice and green-looking touch for the inner decor of your house.
Last but not least, these pieces of bamboo hardware are very tough, sturdy and durable. They will last for a long time without wearing out easily. Hence, while some of the bamboo hardware products are expensive upfront, they are a great investment in the long run.
If you want to reduce your family’s carbon footprint or use more environmental-friendly products, bamboo products are the best choice for you. It is natural, biodegradable, sustainable, green, and very versatile. They are also high in quality with durability. Next time when you go shopping for you and your family, make sure that you look out for products that are made from bamboo.