Bamboo: The Sustainable Choice
Bamboo is a sustainable wood and renewable resource and is becoming more popular every day. It is used more and more in our furniture as a replacement for other woods such as cedar, mahogany, and other popular hardwood.
Not only is bamboo used for furniture, but it is also used structurally for buildings, textiles, and even as a food source. It has been used as a construction material for a long time in the east and its strength and durability is put to good use in the earliest suspension bridges and various architectures in China. As bamboo becomes a more popular material, different parts of the globe are catching on to bamboo as a sustainable resource.
Even our own brand, Maison and White sources bamboo for many of our homeware products such as chopping boards, servings trays, paper bins and many other products.
Some quick facts.
Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing wood plants on the planet! Much like the grass, once the bamboo is cut it continues to grow. Typical hardwoods such as cedar take many years (up to 40) to produce post size trees for cutting, whereas bamboo only takes a fraction of that time. Bamboo can grow to full size in just 3-4 months, compared to standard trees and in the right conditions, it can grow 3 feet tall in just 24 hours which means you can literally watch it grow with your own eyes!
With our world growing at an enormous rate, the demand for wood made products places tremendous pressure on our global hardwood resources and also decreases the number of natural wildlife habitats. Bamboo helps prevent this as it provides a high-performance alternative, allowing our beautiful trees to stay intact and our forests to stay full.
General Uses For Bamboo
With the age of modern materials, many people don’t understand the number of uses that bamboo actually has. Bamboo shoots can be picked early for eating, and the wood of older bamboo can be treated and used as decoration or even for instruments.
Here’s a list of different uses that bamboo has:
- Household products
- Building materials
- Fabrics and clothing
Hundreds of products can be made from using bamboo, from household items to products for the entire house, but bamboo products are nothing new to society. Ancient civilizations used bamboo when building long before other materials even become available, the trend of bamboo did fade over the centuries but is quickly making a comeback, becoming a very popular resource for many different things.
Whether the products are made of raw or treated bamboo, they all seem to be used more frequently as the years go by and people are discovering just how versatile bamboo can be.
Some bamboo products include:
- Drinking Straws
- Cutting boards
- Garden plants
There are also more unusual products that are made from bamboo, although you would never think it, these products hold up just as well when made from bamboo. Products such as; record player needles, roofing, umbrellas, wedding favours, deodorizers and even beer!
This is not all, there are hundreds of others waiting to be discovered and to replace the products made from less renewable resources.
Make the choice to change today.
Bamboo products are just a simple solution to the single-use plastic waste crisis that is currently going on in the world. Switching to products made from bamboo can directly reduce the amount of plastic ending up in a landfill, rivers, and oceans, helping keep our planet clean.
Make the choice, the sustainable choice.
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