Made with Renewable Bamboo
What makes Bamboo a friend of the environment?Bamboo is green in the true sense of the word. And contrary to what a lot of people think, bamboo is not a tree. It’s gigantic grass that can grow up to about 80 ft. What makes it totally unique that it takes a bamboo plant only about 6 years to mature as against about 60 years for any other average tree. This makes it the most renewable natural resource. You can replant a new bamboo soon after harvesting the old one and within a few weeks is grows to a height that can be utilized again. By planting and using bamboo, you are not depriving the earth of its green cover.
The bamboo plant also contributes significantly in checking soil erosion which is a major problem for new construction sites by helping hold the soil firmly in place. In addition to this bamboo helps to slow rain run off by creating a barrier for the rain as it runs down a natural or man made incline.
How do we incorporate Bamboo usage in our everyday life?Bamboo has been used in the eastern parts of the world for thousands of years. Now with environment consciousness on the rise and the eco friendly nature of bamboo being understood by people in the West, bamboo is finding its way into people’s lives around the globe.
Bamboo is a truly versatile plant. Here’s where all you can use it:
- Construction: Dried Bamboo as a building material has been found to be extremely rigid, durable and strong and is able to weather any climatic conditions.
- Furniture: Bamboo furniture has always been popular as an outdoor furniture option. Now it is finding its way indoors and stunning new designs and styles are available for you to choose for your home. You have beds, sofas, tables, cabinets and a host of other furniture varieties being produced with bamboo.
- Home Décor: There a plenty of home decor products made with Bamboo that can really enhance your house, both indoors and outdoors. You can choose from bamboo chimes, bamboo lanterns, bamboo trays, bamboo picture frames, bamboo placemats, bamboo rugs and innumerable other items for your home. One stunning bamboo product that you will find here is a bamboo bathtub caddy from Umbra. (Umbra is the worldwide leader in original, contemporary and affordable design for the home. It retails in over 75 countries and offers products for every space in your home.) Made from the finest bamboo, the Umbra Aquala Bathtub caddy is the perfect accessory for those leisurely moments where you just want to soak in the warm water with a glass of wine or a book to keep you company. It comes with a built-in glass holder and fold away book support.
- Fabric: Bamboo is hard and rigid as a building material and soft and supple as a fabric. Amazingly Bamboo is one of the softest fabrics in the world — much softer than cotton but with a silk like drape. It’s the fabric for all kinds of weather, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer. Bamboo fabric can be worn or used as bed and bath linen.
- Flooring: Everyone loves wooden flooring. Bamboo can be used as a great alternative natural wooden flooring. Dried and treated, bamboo behaves like any other wood and it is naturally pest resistant. This makes it ideal to be used as flooring in homes. While it may be a little expensive at times, it will give you the satisfaction of having a wooden floor without the guilt of having exploited the environment.
- Food: The Chinese have been using bamboo shoots in their cuisine for centuries. Now the rest of the world is slowly also developing a taste for it. Bamboo shoots or the soft parts found at the base of the plant are especially used in the preparation of soups and other oriental delicacies.
- Fencing: Bamboo is a naturally dense and sturdy plant and grows very quickly. Once it starts growing, it’s virtually impossible to stop it from covering a designated area. You can grow in around your yard or lawn as your every own natural private fence.
With over 1,500 varieties of bamboo growing around the world, there is clearly immense scope for making bamboo and its products an integral part of our lives.
Make an environment friendly, eco-driven decision today. Pick up a bamboo product for your home and make your small yet important contribution to this gigantic cause.
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