Bamboo is a type of grass, and one of the fastest growing plants in the world, with strong stems that reach high into the sky, typically over several meters. Although commonly known as the main food source for panda’s, bamboo actually has many different and innovative uses that you may not have heard about. In this article, we’ll cover just ten of those uses.
Bamboo can be used to make some of the softest and most eco-friendly clothing you’ll ever wear. Bamboo creates materials that are as soft as silk and gives a great look and feel to whatever you’re wearing. Although bamboo can be difficult to process into a fabric, many prefer bamboo fabric not only for its feel but for the fact that its price is reduced because of how simple and quick it is to grow the bamboo plant, meaning that the clothes aren’t full of toxic chemicals. For example bamboo boxer shorts are sustainable and comfortable to wear.
Yes, you can now cycle sustainably, as if cycling wasn’t already an eco-friendlier option. Bamboo bikes are becoming more and more popular. Bamboo is a strong, durable and reliable material that is simultaneously lightweight and, therefore, perfect for turning into bicycles. Not only that, but the texture and grain of the bamboo create a beautiful and unique bike, perfect for any environmentally conscious cycling enthusiast.
Bamboo can also be utilized as a building material, as it has a high strength to weight ratio, much like that of wood. However, where bamboo really shines is its tensile strength, making it stronger than steel and twice as eco-friendly. In impoverished areas of Asia, in particular, bamboo is being used to help locals build houses and start businesses, as it is cheap and quick to grow.
So far, we’ve mostly focused on the use of bamboo as a material, but you may be surprised to hear of bamboo’s many medicinal properties, which are often overlooked. In traditional Chinese medicine, the bamboo plant has a wide variety of uses in soothing and curing ailments. Bamboo leaves are used to treat fevers and urinary tract problems, the sap is used to help clear colds, fevers, and convulsions, and the shavings of the bamboo plant can be used to help resolve stomach problems and bleeding.
One of the most luxurious uses of bamboo is as bedding – you can find out more about it on BestBambooGuide.com. The bamboo plant may look tough and coarse, but with some careful processing, it can produce some of the softest sheets on the planet. Many people say that they have found their sleep improves after using bamboo sheets. Bamboo sheets are not only soft and luxurious but also durable and resistant, creating a long-lasting and beautiful piece of bedding.
Not only is bamboo used as medicine, but bamboo can also be enjoyed as a refreshing and revitalizing tea. It is easy to make bamboo leaf tea at home. All you need is a teaspoon of dried bamboo leaves, steeped in boiling water for up to 10 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea, then strain out the leaves and you will have an incredible tea that supplements your hair, nails, and bones. How does it do this? The answer is simple. The bamboo plant is comprised of up to 70% natural silica, which is a mineral that promotes healthy hair and nail growth, as well as promoting bone density and supple joints.
When it comes to furniture, bamboo is quickly overtaking other popular materials such as oak in popularity, as more and more people become aware of its superior qualities. Many people opt for bamboo furniture purely for the beauty of it. Bamboo wood comes in two main colors, a natural pale wood shade and a darker, richer shade of brown, created by steaming the bamboo to bring out some darker colors. Both are stunning, but perhaps more importantly, bamboo is a very tough and durable material, surpassing more traditional woods such as oak in strength and resistance to moisture. This also makes it perfect for use in garden furniture, as it is less likely to soak up moisture and start to degrade.
As the zero waste movement gains momentum, more and more people are becoming conscious of what they use in daily life that contributes to the pollution of the planet. Many people fail to realize the effect that the small everyday items they pick up and use can have on the planet. Bamboo replacements for these objects offer a cheap and beautiful solution. For example, in just the US alone, it is estimated that over a billion toothbrushes end up clogging up landfills every year. They remain in these landfills, unable to biodegrade and producing toxic methane gas that contributes to global warming. An easy, sustainable switch, however, is bamboo toothbrushes, which are eco-friendly and completely compostable, meaning they will biodegrade back into the soil from which they came, leaving you with clean teeth and a clear conscience.
Bamboo has long been used an instrument. Its use in music dates back thousands of years into human history and has long been the material of choice for the divine flute of Lord Krishna. It’s naturally hollow shape makes it an obvious choice for a musical instrument. Also, its strength and durability lend it the ability to make beautiful, practical, and long-lasting musical instruments that can be passed down through generations. The most popular type of bamboo instrument is a flute, which commonly appears throughout many Asian cultures.
Finally, one of the most innovative uses for bamboo yet is as paper. Traditionally, paper is made from the wood of trees, but we are quickly running into problems from this, as trees are slow to grow and cutting them down contributes to the destruction of the habitats of many beautiful and endangered species. However, bamboo is a plant that is hardy and quick to grow in many different environments and it also replenishes itself very fast. Not only this, but it is also cheap and easy to grow, making it a perfect swap for making more sustainable paper.
As you can see, bamboo is incredibly versatile!