Eco-friendly Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet and will help reduce plastic in your home.
The fact you’re reading this indicates you’re looking at ways to reduce plastic in your home and becoming more environmentally friendly. Here at PlanetNatura, we spend a disproportionate amount of time searching for great Eco-friendly and sustainable alternatives to plastic in your home. No-one will doubt the that Eco-friendly bamboo is a great place to start. After buying our first bamboo soap dish, we’ve been binge researching bamboo recently and this amazing plant deserves a blog (and probably more) all to itself. Bamboo is one of the most environmentally friendly substances in existence. Here are 10 great reasons to replace plastic in your home with bamboo alternatives. We hope you’re not “bamboozled”.
This is ten top reasons to ditch plastic and replace it with bamboo alternatives.
- 00002 miles per hour makes Bamboo the fastest growing and most sustainable plant in the world. It’s not uncommon for certain bamboo to grow almost 1 meter a day. That is about 3.8cm an hour! As soon as it’s cut down, it starts growing again. This makes Bamboo Eco-friendly, it renewable and sustainable.
- 35% more. Bamboo proves more oxygen than for an equal area of hardwood forest. In a single year, 2.5 acres of bamboo can absorb up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide. This can help fight climate change. The worlds largest area of bamboo is 9245 square kilometres or 2,284,489 acres. This means it soaks up 10,965,547 tons of carbon dioxide a year. Once you cut down and then use bamboo, carbon is reduced as it is locked in. Another reason to replace plastic items in the home with environmentally friendly alternatives.
- It takes 3 -5 years for the Grass to be hard enough to act as a wood alternative. The comparison when placed against hardwood shows that it takes between 30 – 50 years before hardwood can be used for similar purposes. Not only that, do you really need a hardwood toothbrush or soap dish?
- Bamboo-Kun is a bio-agent which resists microbes that could destroy it, it is a plant that has a natural resistance to pest, bacteria and fungi infestation. These anti-bacterial properties mean it’s great for fabrics and household beauty products such as our own PlanetNatura Bamboo dental floss and bamboo toothbrushes. As well as being eco-friendly, it offers health benefits.
- Organically grown without chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The leaves that drop are all the food it needs, a truly circular process. It grows from its roots, it doesn’t need to be commercially sown and cared for in the intense ways associated with other crops. On top of this, you will never need to replant bamboo.
- Bamboo offers medicinal benefits; bamboo shavings are ingested to fight congestion and flu-like symptoms. Due to it being a natural deodorizer, it can be used for clothes, nappies and other household items that can pick up bad smells. It’s like a natural version of a commonly known smell neutraliser. Another great step towards an environmentally friendly home.
- There are so many products that can be made by bamboo, including scaffolding, floorboards, kitchen surfaces, bamboo chopping boards, bamboo soap dish, paper, bio-fuel, chopsticks, clothes, in fact … the list just goes on. These all offer great ways to reduce plastic in the home, the kitchen and the bathroom. Here at PlanetNatura, we love bikes. Bikes are regarded as the most sustainable means of transport, when combined with the Eco-friendly credentials of bamboo, by cycling a bamboo bike you have a match made in heaven.
- Bamboo is stronger than steel. It is often used in place of steel to reinforce concrete. The tensile strength is immense. It also withstands being smashed better than the average concrete. When using a bamboo soap dish in the home, you can expect this to last a long time. A bamboo toothbrush is likely to last as long as the plastic equivalent and can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
- It’s not just good for pandas to eat (who the WWF use on their logo), it’s great for humans too. Especially when you think about the anti-bacterial agents that are so prolific in it. If any of you have eaten a Chinese meal recently, there’s a strong possibility that you’ll have eaten bamboo shoots. The shoots are so packed with nutrients when they’re around 6” tall, that they’re considered a brilliant way to bulk out a meal. Panda’s solely eat Bamboo and they can grow to weigh over 200 pounds.
- Incredibly strong root system. Yes, sometimes it’s in the news from an angry neighbour, but this strong root system can dramatically help reduce soil erosion. One of the big problems with soil erosion is flooding, bamboo directly helps reduce flooding, which is regularly raised as a narrative when discussing climate change and global warming.
Bonus geek-friendly, bamboo Eco-friendly sustainability facts to bore your friends with…
- Thomas Edison used bamboo in the first light bulb. He used a bamboo filament.
- Another great inventor, Alexander Graham Bell used sharpened Bamboo as a needle on the first record player (phonograph).
- Early airplanes often used bamboo due to its excellent strength to weight ratio.
As you can see from this extensive list the Eco-friendly bamboo has loads of benefits to offer and offers an easy option to help you replace plastic in your home. You can have peace of mind that you’re making decisions that are sustainable, carbon reducing and helping deal with some of the consequences of climate change.