Bamboo products have become very popular in recent years as a safe and non harmful alternative to plastic products. One of the main reasons is the very high sustainability and eco-friendly features.
Bamboo is a fast growing, renewable, widespread, low cost, eco friendly grass with great potential. It will improve poverty problem and environment conservation. Bamboo can be utilized at all levels of industrial activity from small craft based industries to modern highly integrated plants. Almost everything we use in our day to day life can be made from bamboo.
Bamboo is a good air purifier as it produces 35% more Oxygen compare to trees. A hectare of a bamboo forest could use 12 metric tons (about 26,000 pounds) of carbon dioxide annually.Planting bamboo at a large scale will recover environment from pollution. It will reduce soil erosion, prevent flood and preserve Biodiversity. Bamboo products are biodegradable, sustainable, healthy and exquisite.
The Uses of Bamboo
70 hectares of bamboo produces enough material to build 1000 houses, according to UNESCO. These buildings have very less Carbon footprint than modern concrete houses. Bamboo a (sustainable crop) is a great heat insulating and strong supportive material for Building construction. It is Lightweight and Disaster Resistant.
In a green building, Bamboo paneling creates durable, luxurious appearance in the walls or ceiling of a home and provides with a warm look of a tropical getaway. Instead of painting or using hardwoods, bamboo for a wall covering gives more environmental friendly choice for entertaining area or exterior patio. Beautiful and intricately crafted beds, chairs and tables, furnitures; Exotic rugs and textiles; Floor tiles can be made from bamboo as it is the best alternative of wood and timber.
Bamboo shoots (Bamboo sprouts or new bamboo culms that come out of the ground) are considered as one of the useful health foods. Bamboo shoots contain rich contents of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, fibres, and minerals and very low fat. The acceptability of bamboo shoots as popular vegetable crop is very less due to their high pungent smell and bitter acidic taste.
In recent years, notable bamboo products are :
- Bicycles, Helmets, Bottles, Straw.
- Computer Hardware, Keyboards, Mouse, CPU Casing.
- Toothbrush, Comb, Headphones, Spectacles, Lamps, Musical Instruments, Fishing Rods.
- Toys, Cups, Saucers, Spoons, disposable plates.
- Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, and other types of jewellery.
- Toilet Paper and other types of Papers and Fabric; even high quality Charcoal.
- If we are creative enough, we can make endless amount of products from bamboo.