Bamboo Building

Why is Bamboo Eco Friendly?

Bamboo eco friendly products include building materials, used in carbon neutral building and clothing.  The young shoots can be eaten and are popular in Asian cuisine.  The plant’s manna and roots can be used as medicines. Paper, chopsticks and cooking utensils can be constructed from it.  In the US, it is currently popular for flooring.  Some areas are moving towards its use in total home construction. It is not surprising that a single plant has so many uses.  What is surprising is how quickly it can be replaced. In the US, Europe, Canada and many other countries, trees have been used historically to make paper and build homes.  Although the exteriors of many modern homes are covered in vinyl, the framing is mostly composed of timber. Trees help to keep the planet cool and absorb the carbon dioxide that is causing global warming.  When trees are planted, they take decades to mature.  When they are cut down, they release all of the CO2 once stored within them back into the atmosphere. Any plant will absorb carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen for humans and other animals to breathe.  But, bamboos are unique in many ways. The idea of building a total bamboo house as an alternative to using timber has to do with conservation of our natural resources.  While trees are usually considered a renewable resource, the rate of consumption has exceeded the rate of use many times over.  In other words, we are not replacing trees at the same rate that we use them.

Bamboo Homes

Bamboo BuildingTrees can live to be hundreds of years old, in fact some species are believed to be over a thousand years old.

Bamboos are grasses so their maximum lifespan is seven years they will die on their own due to decay and mold.  So, it is normally harvested 2-5 years after planting depending on the species. Bamboo building and Bamboo homes are just as strong, if not stronger than those made of hardwoods.  In comparisons of flooring, the bamboo-type has proven to be three times stronger than oak.

There are just a few things to consider before you buy bamboo eco products.  One has to do with quality.  The strength of the material varies from one species to the next.  The plant’s age at harvest can affect the durability of the material, as can the laminating and treatment processes used by the manufacturer.  Where clothing is concerned, it is important to look for natural bamboo eco textiles.  Bamboo-derived rayon is not the same thing.