Bamboo: The Wonder Tree?
Actually, bamboo is a grass. But what an amazing grass it is! Here’s why:
First, bamboo grows up to 10 times faster and matures more rapidly than most types of trees. Second, it is a very durable plant. It requires less water and almost no pesticides for its growth. Finally, any product that is made of bamboo will eventually decompose and become nutrient-rich soil.
It is these key attributes that are spurring various environmentalist groups to try to raise awareness, change people’s living habits and encourage them to use bamboo instead of wood.
Is There Nothing We Can’t Make from Bamboo?
From food to alcohol and medicine—even toilet tissue and biofuel, lots of things can be made from bamboo. For years, scientists and entrepreneurs have been experimenting with the multiple uses of bamboo and are still constantly discovering new applications.
Getting Rid of the Wood
One such creative entrepreneur is Mylen Fe Yamamoto, Founder and Creator of Cropmade, whose mission is to leave behind a greener environment for future generations. The company’s first product is Cropsticks—chopsticks made from bamboo instead of wood, which come with their own detachable stand. Yamamoto got the idea for Cropsticks on a flight to Asia, when her chopsticks kept rolling off of her tray table.
After more research, she realized that if she was going to move forward with her invention, her product should use sustainable materials. That’s why Cropsticks are made from fast-growing bamboo. The grass grows right back when it’s harvested, unlike trees, which are usually gone forever after they’re cut down.
From the Forests to the Runways
Long ago, bamboo was used for corsets and bustles, and now it’s experiencing a revival in popularity. New production techniques have contributed to the increase of bamboo clothing in the fashion industry. You may not realize it, but you probably already have some clothes in your closet that are made of bamboo. Clothing can be made from 100% bamboo, or it can be combined with other materials like hemp or spandex. It’s also being made into things like hats, bags and shoes—even jewelry.
Building a Better House
Bamboo is also becoming the builder’s favorite choice for flooring, roofing and furniture. It’s an ideal substitute for wood since it not only grows and matures quickly, but it’s also resistant to annoying pests like termites.
Bamboo Is a Better Option
Bamboo is one of the world’s fastest-growing and most sustainable crops. It flourishes all over the world and there are many different types and variations of bamboo. Although most of them are tropical species, bamboo can tolerate a variety of climates so it can be grown just about anywhere. It’s durable, versatile, and as you can see, lots of things can be made from it.
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