Benefits of Bamboo

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Eco-friendly Benefits of Bamboo

Bamboo is an invaluable natural resource that has been used over centuries across the world for various purposes. It is extremely versatile and this is why the demand for the wood is steadily on the rise.

Why is this?

Well, although there are various species of the plant, there are some common characteristics that are responsible for the increased demand and why they are good for the planet;

  • Bamboo plants are naturally resistant to attacks from pests, which means that the use of pesticides isn’t needed in bamboo plantations.
  • They also have anti-fungal and antibacterial qualities
  • The trees require far less water than similar plants to survive
  • A very notable fun fact also is that it regrows to its adult plant size in 3-5 years, they are known to even grow by 2 feet per day.
  • It absorbs 5 times more carbon dioxide than similar plants, and produces 35% more oxygen than these plants.

Did you know?

Bamboo products that aren’t chemically processed can be recycled. It is also biodegradable.

We are proud to state that no chemicals are used for the production of goods sold by Sasstainable.

8 Benefits of Bamboo

  1. Renewable Resource: Depending on the species, bamboo can be harvested in one to five years and even regrown. Hardwoods take like oak take over forty years to mature before they can be harvested. Because bamboo can be used as an alternative to hardwoods, they can help stop deforestation as numbers reveal that almost a million acres of the world’s forests are lost each week.
  2.  Sustainability: Because of the unbelievable growth rate of this plant bamboo plants are a sustainable source of wood. The plant has the fastest growth on the planet and can also regrow after harvest by growing a new shoot from its extensive root system with no need for additional planting or cultivation.
  3. Versatility: This is one of the most valuable benefits of the plant as the wood can be used for different purposes including; paper production, flooring, furniture, charcoal, building material, and much more. Furthermore, bamboo fibres are far stronger than wood fibres and much less likely to warp.
  4. Soil Protection: Deforestation can cause terrible erosions which cause the topsoil of an area and soil nutrients to be washed away by rainfall. Bamboo roots remain in place after harvest and prevent erosion thereby preserving the richness of the soil.
  5. Economic Development: In less developed countries where underemployment usually leads to civil unrest. Bamboo production and manufacturing of bamboo products can provide job opportunities in these areas.
  6. No Fertilisers, Pesticides, or Herbicides Needed: Unlike most cash crops that require the use of agricultural chemicals to grow and survive, bamboo requires none. Cotton is one of the most intensely sprayed crops in the world, and the problem with that is that these chemicals harm the environment. Bamboo, on the other hand, sequesters nitrogen which means to cultivate it, no chemicals are needed to be released to the environment.
  7. It Grows in A Variety of Conditions: Bamboo can grow in arid regions where droughts could cause crops to fail because it requires little water to grow, and furthermore since its roots are left in place after harvest, it helps preserve vital moisture in the soil. So, from low wetlands to higher elevations in the mountains, bamboo thrives in a wide range of climates.
  8. Fosters Trade and Cultural Cooperation: In a fractious world where wars are fought over scarce resources, the increasing popularity of bamboo products could help diverse cultures and countries to settle their difference through trade and cooperation that benefits everyone.

We are proud to declare our partnership with Plantations International. We are part of a new scheme ensuring that a percentage of each sale goes back into the growing of the bamboo and  to the hard working farmers. We want to make sure that our bamboo is grown in the most sustainable way possible.

Through Plantations International we know that there are valuable restrictions to the wood being over harvested and that it is grown within existing agricultural grounds. We do not wish to contribute to deforestation and vow that our actions will not add to vegetation being harmed to make way for our bamboo farms.

Plantations International insist that their farmers are well trained to conduct their activities in a safe and environmentally responsible manner and that they are paid fairly for their bamboo crops. Our factory also pays this charge and work with Plantation International to source the bamboo used in the making of our products.

To find out more information please visit Plantations International.


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