Bamboo: The Future Of Sustainability
As concerns about the environment and the state of the world continue to grow more urgent around the world, many people have begun to look towards living in more sustainable ways. One primary way that this has taken place is through the use of eco-friendly products — items that are created specifically with the idea of keeping the natural state of the Earth intact.
In order to produce these products, companies from an array of different industries have made use of innovative new designs and materials that aim to achieve these sustainability goals. While many of them — such as hempcrete and engineered timber — have allowed for commonly used products to be built in ways that are better for the environment, there is one specific material that stands out from the rest of the pack: bamboo.
The use of Bamboo products has exploded in popularity over the past several years. Aside from being eco-friendly, it also is durable and high quality allowing it to last in prime condition for long periods of time. While many people are familiar with Bamboo itself and some of its qualities, many are not familiar with the extent of its abilities.
Bamboo helps protect the atmosphere
When it comes to climate change, the primary culprit is excess CO2 levels that degrade the quality of the atmosphere and lead to an increase in global warming. Due to its incredible rate of growth, Bamboo is able to target these problems naturally. When the plant is both managed and harvested in the correct manner, it is able to create carbon sequestration effects that remove harmful particles from the air. This leads to a decrease in rates of CO2 (Bamboo is able to inhibit this process faster than regular trees).
Bamboo is extremely durable
One reason that Bamboo has become the material of choice to make tons of products is because of how strong and flexible the material is. The plant has a tightly packed molecular structure that makes it stronger than other materials such as timber. This is why Bamboo can often be seen as being used for the foundation of construction projects in other countries. From use in clothing items and furniture to scaffolding and flooring, Bamboo has a range of effective uses.
Bamboo grows very quick
Bamboo is a colony plant which means that it can utilize energy to expand its roots and grow more shoots each spring. For a period of about two months, the plant transitions into growth mode and becomes bigger and taller very quickly (it is estimated that some species can even grow over two feet per day). Not only does it grow quite fast, but it also has the ability to regenerate. When the stocks of the plant are cut — while other plants would most likely just die out — Bamboo will put its energy into regrowth, leading to new leaves appearing and for growth to be sped up. This is useful because the plant is especially renewable and can be relied upon even if a lot is harvested.