Although bamboo has been used for thousands of years in Asian cultures, we (Europeans) are not really familiar with it.
Lately we've been getting some questions from you guys concerning the bamboo furniture. Is bamboo eco-friendly? What’s so special about it? What are the advantages of this material?
Time to get things straight:
1. Bamboo is actually a grass. It's a big family of over 1200 different species which grow world-wide, but mainly in Asia.
2. Bamboo is stronger than hardwood.
Bamboo produces a higher quality of wood than hardwood trees do. So you know you are buying a high-quality material with premium durability.
Bamboo is naturally resistant to rot, termites, and other pests, making it an excellent choice for sturdy buildings and outdoor décor.
3. Bamboo grows incredibly fast. In fact, it’s the fastest growing plant in the world.
On average, bamboo can grow up to 60cm in a single day, while some species can grow nearly 120cm. Bamboo’s fast growth enables frequent harvesting without causing damage to the ecosystem of bamboo forests.
In a single harvest, you can get 20 times more building material from bamboo than you can with hardwood trees.
4. Bamboo is Ecofriendly!
Trees are “the lungs of the world”, they are responsible for the emission of oxygen and the air quality. Various environmentalists have been telling us for decades to stop cutting trees and use bamboo instead!
The positive news is that bamboo can serve as replacement for trees, and there are several reasons why it is considered eco-friendly.
First of all, if you cut a bamboo, it will grow 10 times faster than a regular tree, and it even matures more rapidly.
Secondly, it requires less water and no pesticides for its growth and maturation, as it is a very durable plant.
The same square footage of bamboo produces more oxygen than many tree varieties.
Bamboo can grow in several different climates across the world.
5. Bamboo is highly versatile
Bamboo can be used in a wide range of products. They build walls and bridges with it, it’s used to create skateboards, bicycles, helmets, … Even in the fashion industry it’s popular, because it’s a strong and durable fabric, which proved to have more quality than cotton and polyester, which are not eco-friendly.
As bamboo’s popularity increases, it’s being used in more and more products, creating many beautiful ways for you to green your home and your lifestyle.
So if you're wondering if you're stealing the panda's food by buying bamboo furniture, we hope that the answer to that question is clear now :-)
If you have a question that is still unanswered, please let us know.