As the world’s fastest growing plant, this exotic growth is both earth-friendly and extremely useful for making the quality products that we need.
Although bamboo is sometimes mistaken for a tree, it’s actually a grass. This may sound like a primitive material to use for things like bowls and cutting boards, but nothing could be further from the truth.
1. Bamboo is safe and hygienic
Bamboo fibres are naturally anti-bacterial without needing any toxic chemical treatments, all thanks to its substance called ‘bamboo kun’.
Bamboo kun is found in bamboo fibre and is an antimicrobial bio-agent which gives bamboo its natural antibacterial properties. This prevents bacteria and microbes growing on bamboo products making it the perfect plant for naturally hygienic products such as bamboo straws and cutlery, keeping them sterile and fresh.
2. Luxurious textiles
Textiles made from bamboo are softer than cotton. According to Bamboo Village, towels, sheets and clothing made from bamboo are more absorbent than cotton products. The breathable, thermo-regulating properties of sheets made from bamboo fibers will provide a comfortable night’s rest to those who tend to sleep hot or cold. People who have tried linens made from bamboo have shortly refused to use anything but bamboo bed dressings at home.
3. It is a sustainable and natural material
Do you know that bamboo is not a species of tree but a grass plant? And like most of the grass plants, bamboo can grow in a short time. A single bamboo plant can grow up to 1 meter a day. You can’t find other plants which can grow as fast as bamboo. As a result, they can be found abundantly in nature. After the bamboo is cut, it can grow back within a short amount of time as well and is unlikely to run out soon.
4. No chemicals needed
Because bamboo is such a naturally prolific plant, it does not require the use of chemicals and fertilizers in order to cultivate it. Although panda bears have taken quite a liking to bamboo, bugs are generally not interested in this giant grass. A stand of bamboo does not require pesticides to keep destructive bugs away. This ensures that chemicals will not find their way into the soil and groundwater as a result of bamboo farming.
5. Better for the soil
When bamboo is harvested, each culm is simply cut at ground level. The root system remains in the ground and quickly sprouts more bamboo shoots. The root system that remains in the ground between harvestings helps the soil to resist erosion. In some places, bamboo is planted along riverbanks to prevent soil erosion.
6. It is biodegradable
Since bamboo is 100 % natural, it is biodegradable. When you finish using a bamboo product, you can be assured that it will not have a negative impact on the environment. You should avoid using plastic and start using biodegradable materials like bamboo if you want to reduce your amount of carbon footprint and barely leave a trace.
7. It is versatile
Bamboo can be found in many things, from clothing, bedding, and tableware and even in dental hygiene and skin-care products.
8. Bamboo is strong and durable
It’s no surprise that bamboo is often named as the new ‘green steel’ for its versatility and strength in construction, with entire homes now being built entirely from this robust plant.
Bamboo has an astounding strength and lifespan whilst remaining light and easy to carry around. With proper care, your bamboo goodies can be used time and time again without the worry of them deteriorating.
9. Bamboo Is Good For The Community
At Bare Vida, we love to give back to the community. Bamboo production and manufacturing sustains the traditional industry and creates new well-paying stables jobs for locals in areas that need social and economic stability. This is why every one of our unique sustainable goodies are all locally grown and handmade in Bali, giving straight back to Balinese locals.
We believe in respecting the environment, which is why we have implemented a zero-waste policy ensuring any leftover materials and remainders are recycled or reused. We even use the unused bamboo shavings for fires so we can make the most of all materials here!