Often when we talk about development it should come in a beneficial way which would change the standard of our livings. Such development also emergence to use species of grass that has been around us since a very long time. Yes! Gone are days when bamboos were only used for food, bridges and as constructional material. Since the 1990s, new processing technologies have enabled the separation of bamboo into strips, slivers, fibers and particles, for use in several different commodity industries, such a s pulp, paper, textiles, pellets and building materials. Craftsmen are using bamboo to make as many utility products as they can. From necessary goodies like toothbrush, comb, pen, bag etc. to home décor goodies like furniture, planters, baskets and lamps. Even interior designers have started to use bamboo for their purposes. One of the most antiquated and versatile uses of bamboo are in the form of material used for flooring. Even the modern home furnishing ideas are trying to substitute four-poster beds made of hardwood with those made from bamboo. There are a number of wall decoration ideas related to use of bamboo in living rooms. Most of these include wall inserts such as bamboo poles installed into a panel in the living room. Even in the fashion industry fabric made out from bamboo is growing popularity. Brands now wants to use bamboo fabrics in many ways as possible to meet their sustainable goals.
Bamboo is going to conquer the world one day. Certainly because it holds the capabilities to somehow save the planet from the environmental point of view.
Here are some reasons why bamboo seems to have potential for saving the planet:
- Bamboo absorbs green-house gases.
Bamboo Absorbs Carbon Dioxide – Bamboo absorbs carbon dioxide and releases over 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere compared to an equivalent mass of trees. This makes bamboo excellent for absorbing greenhouse gases and producing clean, fresh oxygen.
- Bamboo is a renewable resource.
When bamboo is harvested, it will continue to grow new shoots from its amazing root system. There is no additional planting or cultivation. Bamboo requires no chemicals, pesticides or fertilizer to grow and thrive. It’s very own fallen leaves provide the necessary nutrients that get recycled back into the soil. Every part of the plant can be utilized in one way or another with zero waste. After the bamboo material has reached its life span, it can be recycled back into our good earth.
- Bamboo is versatile in growing.
Bamboo is absolutely versatile. It can grow at any kind of climate and at any kind of soil.
- Bamboo is versatile in making material.
The tensile strength of bamboo is one of Mother Nature’s most intriguing phenomenon’s. Tensile strength of steel is 24,000 PSI. Tensile strength of bamboo is 28,000 PSI (yes, you are reading that correct!). Bamboo is intrinsically strong in its molecular structure and has been used as a standard building material for the majority of the world for thousands of years. Bamboo can replace the use of wood for any application from hardwood floors, furniture, utensils, bike frames, and phone cases to almost anything imaginable.
- Bamboo is healthy.
Bamboo Is Anti-Bacterial – Bamboo contains a natural bio-agent known as Bamboo Kun. Bamboo Kun is naturally anti-bacterial. It is so effective that it eliminates and prevents over 70% of bacteria that attempt to grow on it, whether this be in its natural or fabric form. Bamboo does not require any pesticides or chemical fertilizers for healthy growth. It is seldom eaten by pests or infected with pathogens as a result of the Bamboo Kun.
- Bamboo can protect soil pollution.
Once hardwood forests are clear-cut and the stumps are burned to provide fertilizer and space for growing crops, erosion inevitably occurs as the topsoil and nutrients are washed away by rainfall. The eroded soil then clogs rivers and streams and affects the lives of people and animals living downstream. Bamboo roots remain in place after harvesting where they prevent erosion and help retain nutrients for the next crop.
- Bamboo has fast growth rate.
Some species of bamboo grow more than three feet each day! No plant on the planet features a faster growth rate. When it is harvested, it will grow a new shoot from its extensive root system with no need for additional planting or cultivation.
- Bamboo can lead economic development and cultural corporation.
In less developed countries where unemployment leads to civil unrest, bamboo production and the manufacturing of bamboo products provides job opportunities in areas that desperately need social and economic stability. In a fractious world where wars are fought over resources, the increasing popularity of bamboo products provides an opportunity for diverse cultures to settle their difference through trade and cooperation that benefits everyone.
Bamboo is a plant that offers limitless potential for the future. It offers us strength, sustainability, versatility, and a green alternative.
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