Why bamboo

Why Bamboo?

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. 

Here are just a few reasons why:

Bamboo is extremely abundant.

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 a readily renewable resource.

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.

Bamboo does not require replanting. 

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.

Bamboo requires no fertilizer, pesticides or herbicides.

It is a robust and hearty plant that will grow and thrive naturally without the use of chemical agents.

Bamboo is better for the air we breathe. 

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.

Bamboo helps protect against soil erosion.

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 is strong.

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 manufacturing process used to convert bamboo into toilet paper is efficient.

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.

World Bamboo Day

September 18 is World Bamboo Day!
World Bamboo Day is a day of celebration to increase the awareness of bamboo globally. Where bamboo grows naturally, bamboo has been a daily element, but its utilization has not always been sustainable due to exploitation. The World Bamboo Organization aims to bring the potential of bamboo to a more elevated exposure – to protect natural resources and the environment, to ensure sustainable utilization, to promote new cultivation of bamboo for new industries in regions around the world, as well as promote traditional uses locally for community economic development.

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