We all know that climate change is a human-driven phenomenon that is already causing a lot of harm. We have all seen the effects in the changing weather, and the increasing destruction of natural disasters in the news. This is supposed to get worse before it gets better, but businesses and communities are already finding ways to move forward in tackling this great challenge.
It is not a challenge that we cannot overcome. There are many initiatives to combat it, and as consumers we make choices everyday that can have an impact. One of these choices is in choosing products made of eco-friendly materials, like bamboo. There are many benefits to using bamboo, but here is a list of the top 5:
Bamboo can be harvested within 1 to 5 years, unlike hardwoods which will take decades. In addition, at up to 3 feet of growth per day, bamboo is some of the fastest growing plant species on earth! Faster harvesting cycles mean we can produce more of it to meet our growing demand.
As a plant, bamboo will decompose and return to nature much shorter after disposal than most materials. When it is time to throw away, you can feel much better about it because it decomposes. Something like a Bamboo Toothbrush which will be used and disposed often, is a great example.
Absorbs greenhouse gases
Like all plants, bamboo absorbs carbon dioxide. However, it can release up to 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equivalent stand of hardwood trees.
Bamboo can grow in a variety of climates and does not require fertilizers or pesticides. As the climate changes, plants like bamboo will be able to survive the change in temperature. Less fertilizer and pesticides means less chemicals released into the environment.
As a material
Bamboo is versatile as it can replace almost all applications of hard wood. Think about what is made of wood in your home, and chances are bamboo would make a great substitute. Turtle Leaf offers many products made from bamboo.