Bamboo is an amazing plant, a grass actually.
In tropical areas where bamboo grows in abundance, it has been used for thousands of years for making many things due not only to its durability but also its ready availability. In fact, its incredible popularity in recent years is now providing many jobs for those in poorer areas who harvest it.
Some of the fastest growing plants in the world are certain species of Bamboo. Even in poor growing conditions bamboo will reseed itself easily and will grow very, very quickly – certain species can grow up to 35 inches a day and at a rate of .02 inches (1millimeter) every 2 minutes! The growth and use of bamboo doesn’t require any type of deforestation. Incredibly it has a fairly short harvest cycle of only 2-3 years. Bamboo is a very sustainable resource.
The anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-static properties of Bamboo are unique and natural within the plant and work as a shield against pathogens.
Fabric, what a great invention this is!
Bamboo fabrics natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antistatic properties when properly processed. While other types of fabrics use chemical anti-microbial agents that can cause skin irritations as well as allergic reactions, bamboo fabric products do not need or use these chemicals – it’s already in the plant!
Many bamboo fabrics have a very “silky” feel to them. Fabric made of bamboo not only has a cooler feel but it will also breathe preventing stickiness in warmer conditions. Bamboo has the ability to wick and absorb water 3-4 times better than cotton. Plus, it reduces body odor! Bedsheets made of bamboo will keep the skin cooler on hot humid summer nights and warmer in the cool nights of winter.
As Building Materials…
Bamboo will stay 2-3 degrees cooler in hot weather and stay warmer in the cold. Bamboo flooring has been keeping the chill off the feet of those who’ve walked on it for thousands of years.
It has also become increasingly popular among modern day builders who are using it in homes for floors, steam rooms and spas.
A multitude of other building applications include the beauty of furniture, ceilings, walls and interior design touches. Its even been used as finishing touches in car interiors and truck beds.
Bamboo is kind to the environment.
Bamboo is sustainable, and when properly processed it’s 100% biodegradable. There many positive reasons to include bamboo in our homes including its durability and sustainability. It is definitely our good fortune to include products made from this incredible plant in our own lives.