You might have noticed that bamboo objects are everywhere, and they claim to be a more sustainable option than plastic. The good news is: it totally is! Bamboo is a fast-growing crop, which means it uses less land than wood or plant. It’s also 100% biodegradable, and is a much better alternative to plastic.
But, why is bamboo sustainable?
Bamboo doesn’t need fertilizer because it absorbs nutrients from the soil through its roots. This means less waste runoff into our water supply and less pollution overall. When it is harvested, the nutrients stay in place with the plant instead of being released into our waterways when we remove them from their natural habitat
Other sustainable bamboo facts:
Is bamboo a grass?
Bamboo has been around for thousands of years, and it’s been used in everything from food to architecture. It’s a fast-growing, woody grass (yes, it’s not a tree) that can reach heights of up to 130 feet. Unlike regular wood, growing it is sustainable and doesn’t harm the environment.
How fast does it grow?
It grows quickly, reaching maturity in just four years. In fact, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet: it can grow as much as 3 feet per day! This rapid growth makes it an ideal material for many uses from construction to paper products.
Do bamboo roots regrow?
Bamboo can be harvested every few years without needing to be replanted, unlike other types of trees. So, apart from growing fast, it self-regenerates from its own roots, so it doesn’t need to be replanted.
How much oxygen does it produce?
One of the biggest environmental benefits of bamboo is its ability to absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. It produces 35% more oxygen than other trees, and research has shown that it can absorb as much as 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide per hectare per year.
Is it compostable?
Yes, it’s compostable! That means when you’re done with your product (whether that’s a toothbrush or a cotton bud), you can put it right into your compost bin where it will biodegrade safely and responsibly into new plants and soil within just 60 days or so.
It’s also remarkably versatile, with uses ranging from paper to building materials to clothing. In fact, it’s being used to replace plastic in all sorts of applications: from toothbrushes to flooring to cups and plates.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s really easy to change a few habits to be more sustainable, especially when it comes to disposable objects like toothbrushes and cotton swabs. At Ntdf.* we have a wide array of bamboo products for you to choose from, which you can find over here. Join the bamboo revolution!