Bamboo is one of the world's most prolific and fastest-growing plants, and is able to reach maturity in 3 to 5 years, compared to the typical 25 to 70 years for trees used for paper based products. It's one of nature's most sustainable resources!
Bamboo captures more carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere when compared to a similarly sized stand of hardwood trees.
Bamboo does not require the use of chemicals and fertilisers in order to cultivate it. Although panda bears have taken quite a liking to bamboo, bugs are generally not interested in this giant grass. A stand of bamboo does not require pesticides to keep destructive bugs away. This ensures that chemicals will not find their way into the soil and groundwater as a result of bamboo farming.
Bamboo does not require much water to grow. Although bamboo is willing to grow in wetland conditions, it can also be grown in places where other plants would require supplemental watering to survive. Fresh water is a valuable resource on our planet, and bamboo is not a needy plant when it comes to water consumption.
Bamboo has a yield 25 times higher than a comparable stand of trees. All the while, this wonder plant produces more oxygen for the atmosphere.
When bamboo is harvested, each culm is simply cut at ground level. The root system remains in the ground and quickly sprouts more bamboo shoots. The root system that remains in the ground between harvesting helps the soil to resist erosion. In some places, bamboo is planted along riverbanks to prevent soil erosion.
Bamboo also drops leaves and stems onto the ground where it is growing. This natural litter turns to mulch and acts as a fertilizer.
In the event that a bamboo product is discarded, it is amazing to know that items made from bamboo are 100% biodegradable!
The many uses and benefits of bamboo continue to increase as individuals turn to organic, eco-friendly products. Think Toilet Rolls, Kitchen Towels, Cotton Buds, Toothbrushes, Bamboo Charcoal Soap and many more.
Bamboo is perfect next to babies delicate skin because it is naturally hypoallergenic, and anti-bacterial, preventing odor, allergies and skin irritations.
Thank you to The Little Green Orca for this information and for talking to us about why swapping for Bamboo products in your home is such a great sustainable choice.
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