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February 02, 2023
You’ve seen it advertised in your favourite stores and listed on product labels. You can use it for everything from soft bedding and product packaging to window coverings and furniture for your home.
Bamboo is becoming increasingly popular with eco-friendly companies and consumers, but is it actually good for the environment, or is it just a marketing ploy?
This article will give you an overview of Bamboo from plant to production, including the pros and cons; Here is what you need to know.
Bamboo is a fast-growing, perennial plant which means it grows year after year and you do not need to replant it when harvested. It grows mainly in East Asia, Africa, and South America and provides various uses to the people where it grows. For example, bamboo can be food for both humans and livestock, parts of it can be made into medicine, and of course, you can turn it into numerous textiles such as:
The reality of ‘Bamboo and Sustainability’ can be summarised like this: Bamboo tends to be a more eco-conscious choice for most. How much better depends significantly on what product it’s becoming and how to dispose of that product in the future. Let’s dive into what conscious bamboo consumers need to know:
Pros of Bamboo:
Cons of Bamboo:
No matter how you spin it, the benefits of bamboo far outweigh the negatives. Like everything else, Bamboo consumers can arm themselves with the most knowledge and information possible to lessen environmental impact. At the end of the day, avoiding single-use products and reusing or upcycling all your Bamboo products is the best way to be extra kind to mother nature.
Empath Designs values sustainability, and we believe that responsibly sourcing and manufacturing Bamboo products is one more step in the right direction. Much of our art prints, apparel, and packaging use bamboo, and we are fully committed to working with planet-friendly products and companies where possible.
What is Bamboo?
From the Poaceae family, Bamboo is a tall grass characterised by its long woody stem. The leaves, stems, and seeds have long been used for various purposes by Indigenous peoples where it grows, and more recently, as a popular textile for eco-savvy companies.
What can Bamboo be used for?
In short, whatever you can imagine that is traditionally made from wood can also be manufactured from Bamboo, with some significant additions. The following items can be made from Bamboo:
Is Bamboo better than Wood?
The biggest differentiator regarding sustainability is that Bamboo can regenerate itself after harvesting in as little as months to a few years. This is a huge benefit, whereas timber takes decades to be useful for production.
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