Using bamboo is not only overall environmentally friendly, but it’s also one of the strongest materials on the planet. The amount of bamboo needed to produce a strong and durable product can be much less when compared to other woods and materials used in manufacturing. Bamboo has a strong, natural fiber that has shown to be superior to similar materials, especially wood. It has an amazing quality that allows it to be very flexible due to its naturally long fibers, so it doesn’t break as easily as wood when bending it to form into various shapes. This can be beneficial because then all kinds of bamboo products can be made, which wouldn’t be possible with other similar materials. So next time you are looking a wooden furniture or kitchen plates and accessories, take a look at bamboo and know you are looking at one the strongest and most durable materials there is so it will most likely stand the test of time.
In other countries over the centuries, bamboo has been the key source for constructing houses, buildings, bridges, and even boats because of its availability and material qualities. Bamboo is so valuable for producing materials and products not just because it is very strong, but it is also less prone to warping and general damage due to water making it a very trustworthy material to withstand heavy rains and running water when constructing their homes. As you can see, bamboo has been a viable material used for many centuries and now can be used to make so many wonderful products. Its uses are endless.
Where Does It Come From?
Clearly, bamboo is a very eco-friendly solution for many situations when it comes to household items and construction. Ideally, this plant would be growing all over the globe and in our backyards so we could have the chance to use it in locally in our everyday lives. However, most bamboo is produced in a small number of countries, thus it needs to be transported globally.
Several regions around the world produce bamboo, including Southeast Asia, Central and South America, and Africa. However, the largest producer of bamboo is certainly China. For centuries we have seen pictures, videos of the Panda’s eating their bamboo leaves and this image of Bamboo and the Panda have become synonymous with China.
China is the only country in the world that currently has enough bamboo to produce the material at such mass volumes. While bamboo has always been a staple material for China, over the years it’s become much more popular due to its commercial success, creating many factories around the region that produce all kinds of bamboo products and has now become a cash crop for many years now.
This success has created some issues that need to be addressed for the overall preservation of the crop and the eco-system. For one, farmers are incentivized to plant more and more bamboo trees even in areas that may not be suitable for them to grow, which may encourage over- fertilization or less than favorable growing practices to continue the increasing supply of bamboo products. Since bamboo has become such a profitable cash crop for the local farmers, they are starting to clear natural forestland to plant even more bamboo to meet the supply necessary for production. This may lead to the degradation of other natural species and land.
While bamboo is overall a very eco-friendly product, it would be beneficial for the environment if it were to grow in many places around the world. It would be great if countries, communities as a whole would explore opportunities to grow this wonderful plant allowing its’ benefits to be seen everywhere!