Bamboo Origins and Species
Bamboo is thought to have originated in China. Today, 64% of bamboo grow within the South-east Asia regions, 33% of the species grow naturally in Latin America, and the last 7%, give or take a few species, grow in the Africa and Oceana regions of the world. Some experts say there are approximately 1000 species of bamboo, while others say there are more than 1600 species on the planet growing naturally. Of course, all these species of bamboo are both decorative and useful when they are used in the homes and businesses in countries around the world.
Bamboo has been used through history not only because of the strength of the material, but also through the renewable prospects. Through history, wood has become more and more scarce, simply because to produce a full grown tree can take up to sixty years, and then another sixty years time for a replacement. Species of bamboo equal to the height and width of a tree take as little as sixty days to mature completely.
Bamboo is also easy to grow, because of the root systems. Running bamboo species are especially easy to grow, as they produce several shoots at a time, and will take over as much room as they possibly can. Bamboo is also difficult to get rid of, unless it is completely plowed under.
Bamboo has been used for eons for many applications, from a food source to a building material. Whist initially only used as food resources and were made into instruments, manufacturers have recently seen all the products that can be made from this highly renewable resource and have begun to utilize bamboo in some fascinating ways.
From picture frames to room dividing screens, bamboo can make some elegant and exotic decorations for the home. Bamboo can also be coloured so that it can fit into any décor.
More and more furniture, flooring, and even homes are being built with bamboo.
Fabrics and clothing
A fabulous trend right now is bamboo fibers being used in fabrics and clothing. Bedding made of bamboo fibers is as soft as or softer than most cotton beddings, and drapes with the look of silk without the expense. It is becoming a mainstream trend to have bamboo fabric products or clothing, populating many major chain retail stores.
Cooking with bamboo is nothing new in Asian culture. Bamboo shoots are a common food in that part of the world, and have also migrated into cooking utensils. Bamboo cutting boards are notoriously good for not dulling blades on knives as quickly, while bamboo utensils like wooden spoons are excellent for not scratching the bottoms of expensive non-stick cookware.
Paper and tissues
Bamboo is an exellent renewable resource as an alternative to make paper and tissue products. Many trees have been cut down each year to make paper and tissue products which has resulted in desforestation. The direct impact of desforestation is global warming and climate change. In addition, many animals has lost their habitat due to desforestation. Whist trees can take 20 to 30 years to mature, bamboo only take as little as 18 months. Using paper and tissues that are made from 100% bamboo can help reduce deforestation.
Bamboo Products are sustainable, highly renewable and super hygienic. The great properties of bamboo products include:
- Sustainable, fast renewable & biodegradable
- Soft and skin friendly, super absorbent
- Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and odour resistant
- Hypo allergenic, perfect for sensitive skin
- Naturally UV protective
Types of Bamboo products for household use include:
Household Bamboo Products #1: Bamboo Toilet Tissue
Human consumes about 27,000 trees daily for toilet paper. As an increasing interest in ‘tree-free’ paper, some companies within the pulp and paper industry have started to produce toilet paper from tropical bamboo as alternative to virgin wood fiber. Trees can take 20-30 years to grow, while bamboo only takes 18 months to harvest. Using bamboo toilet paper as alternative to toilet paper made from wood pulp is a greener choice. Bamboo toilet paper is also more Eco-friendly than recycled paper. The process of recycling and processing a tree into tissue can take much more water and energy than the process of producing toilet paper using bamboo. In addition, BPA can be found in recycled tissue, while Bamboo toilet tissue is 100% BPA free and biodegradable. Bamboo toilet paper is a great bamboo products for consumer.
Household Bamboo Products #2: Bamboo Wipes
The soft, skin friendly as well as anti-bacteria properties make bamboo an excellent material for baby wipes as well as general wipes for adults. There are reusable or disposable Bamboo wipes products available in the market which are made from eco-friendly, 100% biodegradable bamboo non-woven. Reusable bamboo wipes are normally made to pieces of squared fabric, they are absorbent and supersoft. Disposable bamboo wet wipes are normally individually packed or in a resealable plastic pack. Choose either either non or natural fragrances baby wipes. They are anti-allergic, kind to skin and excellent to use on the most sensitive skin such as babies’ face or bums.
Household Bamboo Products #3: Bamboo Underwear
Bamboo’s anti-bacteria properties make it an extremely excellent material for underwear. For both men, women and babies. Bamboo underwear is super soft, hygienic and non-allergic. Bamboo underwear is as breathable as cotton underwear. It feels more luxurious, super lightweight and almost invisible to your skin.
Household Bamboo Products #4: Bamboo Socks
Bamboo socks are great for people who need special care for their foot. People with diabetes have extra dry and sensitive skin. Bamboo provides excellent wick protection 60% better than cotton alone. This helps the foot stay dry and reduce the risk of fungus on the toenails or athlete’s foot. Bamboo is odor resistant. For people who sweat frequently, super absorbent bamboo socks keep the feet dry and fresh at all time. Bamboo is also naturally UV protective without added chemicals which can help prevent sun burn.
Household Bamboo Products #5: Bamboo Towels
Bamboo towels are luxuriously soft and three times more absorbent than cotton towels. They are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and odour resistant. The hypo allergenic nature of bamboo towels with smooth fibres are perfect for sensitive skin and dry you quickly after shower or bath.