Thanks for waiting for part two of the best of bamboo. Continuing our journey into why this plant is so amazing and useful to our daily lives and how we do not realize just how we rely on it.
Let’s get on with part two!
-Environmentally Friendly- (a) Hey folks, this is a grass. Other than those specialty grasses, when have you not seen grass be able to grow, especially when watered often? A bamboo grove (yes grove, not lawn), can be harvested in 3-5 years over and over versus 40-200 for trees. Remember, too that in that time, the bamboo will grow up to, and lots of time over 60 feet. Try finding a lawnmower for that lawn!
– No harsh chemicals are required to help bamboo grow. Actually, no chemical aids are required at all. Plant the bamboo, and let the bamboo grow. Yes, there are chemicals in the viscose making process, but they are washed completely out afterwards, and are neutralized before leaving the process.
-Compare that to cotton. To grow enough cotton to make a t-shirt, 1/3 pound of pesticides is needed. Cotton is about two percent of all crops grown in the world, yet cotton uses more than twenty percent of all pesticides and insecticides. This kills the land, and remains in the cotton throughout the life of whatever is made from the cotton boll. How many people are allergic to those toxins, and how many acres of land are destroyed, and how much of our water systems are threatened by the leaching of those chemicals.
-Environmentally Friendly- (b) Bamboo is often used in areas that need regeneration. Do you have land that has been overgrazed or over built, or has is the soil filled with toxins? More oxygen is produced per acre than trees, 30 percent more. Some bamboo even sequesters up to 5 tons of carbon dioxide from the air per acre. Bamboo requires very little water to grow effectively. Cotton on the other hand requires almost 5,300 gallons to produce 2 pounds of cotton.
-Thousand of Uses! Buildings, chopsticks, I phone covers, lunchboxes, keyboards, flooring, clothing, sheets and towels, yummy and delicious food, building supplies and construction equipment. I’m not sure if it is used in airplane construction or if it has gone into space… but it should!
-Panda Safe- This one is easy and fun! We all know that bamboo is the favorite food of pandas. Did you know there are thousands of varieties of bamboo? Well, be assured that your favorite bamboo sheets have not taken the food out of the mouths of a baby panda. The type of bamboo used to create your favorite yoga pants and top are grown on family farms in China. The “Moso” variety bamboo has been farmed forever for use in construction and building trades. Over 7 million acres are dedicated to this type of bamboo! The pandas get their own version of this wonderful plant and we are told there is no problem with the supply.
Why are you still reading? Get out and spread the word! (hmmm, I wonder if they make a bamboo butter or some other kind of spread for my breakfast…)