Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Choose Bamboo

Bamboo is fast becoming the hip and environmentally-friendly type of wood. Here are some of the benefits of this plant, according to Natural Environment:

  • Bamboo plants can grow successfully without any fertilisers or pesticides. Here's my post about the harms of these substances.
  • Bamboo grows extremely fast - it’s the fastest growing plant on the planet. Bamboo has been known to grow 3 - 4 feet per day! So, there's an abundance.
  • Bamboo doesn’t require a lot of water to grow. We all know the importance of water conservation!
  • Bamboo is a very hardy plant - it can survive drought conditions and flood conditions.
  • Bamboo plants release lots of oxygen into the air. A grove of bamboo release 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees.
  • Bamboo is a very earth friendly plant. It can reduce soil erosion and desertification. It can actually improve soil quality in degraded and eroded areas. Great for sustainable farming!

So, what are some products that utilize this bamboo? There's bamboo cutting boards (image from Nature Moms)...Bamboo blinds (from Window Visions)...

Bamboo rugs (from Bamboo Rugs Store)...(30% off as of right now!)

...even Bamboo clothes (from Lotus Life)! I hear it's actually quite comfortable.

Oh, and don't worry about the panda bears - like I did when I first heard of bamboo products. They actually consume a different type of bamboo, so they'll be all right!

I couldn't help putting in this adorable picture! (from China Odyssey Tours). It's your reward for reading through this post. Oh, and the picture at the top is from Bamboo Revolution.

Wow, I used a lot of pictures and links in this post! Do you like to use a lot of images in your blog? If you don't have one, do you like to read blogs with lots of pictures?


Anonymous said...

haha loveeeeee pandas! Seriously one of the most adorable animals!

GO BAMBOO!! I have one pair of bamboo skating tights that I got as a freebie....and one bamboo shirt! The shirt is one of my favs because it is SO SOFT. Love it.

I totally love the Japanese bamboo interior decoration style too. I snatched a $10 bamboo rug at ikea a couple years ago...but right now it's rolled up since I have no place for it!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! :) Thanks for always having such wonderful ideas in your blog!

Molly said...

Thanks for commenting! That's so cool that there are bamboo skating tights!

Caitlin said...

i have a bamboo placement!!

and thanks for your wedding well-wishes!

Molly said...

Thanks for stopping by Caitlin!

Nick said...

Strange that you have not mentioned that bamboo can be made into Ethonol as a substitute for petroleum or to blend with fossil fuels.
Also being produced into eco-friendly B B Q briquettes