Bamboo: An Ecofriendly Alternative
Updated: Nov 27, 2022
Bamboo! Whether you use it in your cooking daily, or only know it as the thing panda's eat, bamboo has far more uses than what many would assume!
Before we get into its many uses, let's talk about its renewability! Bamboo holds the world record for the fastest growing plant, clocking in at near 3 feet per day! That's almost 2 inches an hour. Unlike trees, which often can take 2 decades to fully grow, a bamboo shoot is fully grown after only 5 years!
Bamboo also has many similar benefits to latex! When properly managed, bamboo can take almost 1.78 tonnes of CO2 per group per year from the atmosphere! That's near 10x the amount from average trees!
Additionally, bamboo is antibacterial, antifungal, produces lots of O2, and is completely biodegradable!
So, what can you use bamboo for? Sadly, it's not the best material to make an entire mattress out of. However, it's great for bed accessories!
One of our favorites is these bamboo pillows, made of bamboo! Completely comfy and supportive, these offer a cool, comfortable sleep that you can feel good about!
Secondly, are bamboo sheets! Bamboo sheets are usually made up of cellulose fibers, which do involve a chemical process to fully break down the bamboo. But, compared to cotton sheets which require intensive water use and pesticides, we consider bamboo to be a fairly eco-friendly alternative.
Not to mention, they are very durable and can retain vivid colors for a long time! We also love how they feel, very soft and gentle on the skin!
In summary, we entirely support bamboo as an alternative to the more energy-intensive cotton sheets. an option for pillows, and a great plant! While you should be wary of ever planting a non-native plant in case of invasive species, bamboo is a great, easy plant with many uses!