Bamboo is a multitasking natural resource, used to make numerous commonly used objects, from fishing rods to plates, from paper to fabrics, from ropes to water pipes. Asia, and especially China, is the undisputed homeland of this plant. There, it has been used for thousands of years to build the products mentioned above, but also floors and houses.
The main characteristics of bamboo
Bamboo is a type of wood that grows very quickly and without the aid of chemicals such as fertilizers and herbicides, which can be harmful to human health and the ecosystem.
Two other great advantages are flexibility and hardness, which makes it perfect for surprising applications, even in construction.
In addition this material, besides being aesthetically very beautiful, is obviously biodegradable; if you wanted to get rid of some object made of bamboo, you could do it without guilt, but remember to still comply to the recycling guidelines of your council.
Bamboo is also a natural hypoallergenic and antibacterial material. The fabrics produced from this raw material have countless other advantages, for example a triple absorbency compared to the classic cotton, they are breathable and wear-resistant, as well as offering a natural protection from UV rays (because bamboo contains honey pectin, impermeable to ultraviolet rays). By not absorbing humidity, it also offers perfect thermal comfort and is less prone to bad odours.
Difference between wood and bamboo
Bamboo, unlike many other types of wood, has a much higher impact resistance.
For this reason, it is the best choice if you have to choose, for example, a wooden floor for your home.
Furthermore, since it does not absorb liquids or stains, it represents the best solution if you live with children or pets, who, as you know, tend to leave behind a trail of stains of uncertain origin.
Why bamboo is eco-friendly
Bamboo has become a very trendy material as it is eco-sustainable: as already mentioned, it grows in just five years and does not need any intensive cultivation, since it develops completely autonomously and blooming.
This last fact means that it can be available in large quantities without creating damage to the ecosystem, and instead it brings several benefits - just think of the absorption of a higher percentage of carbon dioxide than other tree species (up to 40 times more).
But that's not everything: in addition to absorbing large quantities of CO2, it releases about 35% more oxygen.
And thanks to its underground roots, it also helps preventing soil erosion.
So, it’s a truly surprising material with a thousand applications, whose only environmental disadvantage seems to be the long journey from China. Which can be balanced with one of the many programs to balance CO2 emissions. Waiting to be able to count on excellent European bamboo!