Why is bamboo a sustainable material?

Why is bamboo a sustainable material?

Bamboo products have increased in popularity with many brands promoting their eco-friendly benefits and sustainability. We are reminded daily about our planet suffering from depletion of natural resources, deforestation, and harmful amounts of waste dumped into the environment, but bamboo provides us with an alternative solution towards saving our planet.

These are its benefits:

Bamboo is a fast-growing, renewable, and easy-to-grow material that requires zero chemicals and pesticides. It can be grown all throughout the world and has countless uses both in and outside the home. 

Renewable resource – bamboo can be harvested in one to five years depending on the species. In comparison, hardwoods like oak trees take at least forty years before they can be harvested. Over one million acres of forests are lost each week due to deforestation. As a substitute for hardwoods, bamboo offers a versatile solution to drastically reduce this number and protect our forests.

Fast growth rate – some species of bamboo will grow as much as three feet (1 meter) per day! Labeled the fastest growing plant on earth, bamboo does not require replanting. When harvested, it will grow a new shoot as a result of its extensive root system and help protect soil from erosion.

No chemical pesticides or fertilizers – bamboo requires no agricultural chemicals to grow. In comparison, cotton is sprayed with pesticides more than any other crop which depletes nutrients in the soil and puts harmful chemicals into your cotton fabric.

Absorbs greenhouse gases – bamboo sequesters carbon dioxide from the environment and produces 35% more oxygen than its equivalent size of trees. Large-scale bamboo plantations can become effective “carbon sinks” or areas designed to reduce CO2 from the atmosphere. When bamboo fibers are used to construct buildings, the carbon is sequestered (stored away) for the lifetime of that building.

Grows everywhere – bamboo is a tough and durable plant that can be grown throughout the world and thrives even in harsh conditions from low wetlands to higher elevations in the mountains. With over 1000 species, bamboo can be found in nearly every region in the world.

Economic development – bamboo production and manufacturing provides job opportunities in less developed countries that need social and economic sustainability. China, the world’s largest bamboo producer, was valued at over 19.5 billion USD in 2012 employing over 7.5 million people. This serves as a model for other countries looking to develop a sustainable bamboo industry.


Don't worry about Pandas. The bamboo used for industrial purposes is known as 'Moso' and pandas eat other 20 species of bamboo.

Other uses of bamboo:

Bamboo is versatile with many applications that can replace the use of hardwoods, medicine, food, furniture, fuel, as a textile option, paper products, accessories and most recently for toothbrushes.

Bamboo toothbrushes are quickly becoming a staple in many households, not only because they're naturally antimicrobial, but also because of they're eco-friendliness and biodegradability. While a plastic toothbrush will sit in a landfill forever and release toxic chemicals as it decays, a bamboo toothbrush will naturally decompose after it’s been disposed of. In our already over-polluted world, this is why switching over to a bamboo toothbrushes is so crucial.

The majority of bamboo toothbrushes come in two types: those with nylon bristles, and those with charcoal-infused bristles, each of which has their own set of advantages. Traditional nylon bristles are more common, and while they're firm enough to sweep and capture bacteria from around each tooth, they also tend to be softer than charcoal bristles.

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