Although it has been used in China for thousands of years, awareness of bamboo around the world as an amazingly versatile and abundant natural resource has increased dramatically in recent years. As sophisticated consumers reach for eco-friendly and sustainable products, they are finding a wide array of offerings derived from bamboo. These bamboo products include items like flooring, paper, clothing, building materials and many more. Bamboo is being hailed by some as a new super-material and the timber of the 21st century.
There are approximately 1,500 different species of bamboo with the ability to survive in many diverse climates. Bamboo grows naturally on every continent with the exceptions of Europe and Antarctica.
Bamboo is not a tree, but rather a plant. In fact, bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet. It can grow several feet in a single day and typically reaches maturity within three to five years--making it highly sustainable.
Because it belongs to the grass family, bamboo doesn't require replanting. Once harvested, new shoots will emerge from the root system and the bamboo will grow again.
It is a robust and hearty plant that will grow and thrive naturally without the use of chemical agents.
Bamboo produces about 30-35% more oxygen than other plants and trees, and it reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the air by about the same amount.
With a strong root system that remains intact even once the plant has been harvested, bamboo helps to protect the land from erosion and maintain nutrients in the soil as well.
Bamboo may be the strongest material on the planet with a greater tensile strength than steel. It also withstands compression better than concrete. However, don't be fooled by its toughness. Still maintaining its strength, bamboo is extremely soft and silky once converted into tissue.
The closed-loop system utilized to manufacture bamboo toilet paper requires that water and other materials are recovered, reused and recycled. Therefore, in addition to requiring less energy, bamboo processing uses only about one-fifth of the water that is needed to convert wood pulp into the same amount of toilet paper.