Bamboo

Bamboo Forest Green Plant Wood Asia JapaneWith a vast growing population, the demand for new housing and consumables is diminishing Africa’s forests. Trees are vital for our world’s survival especially for cleansing the air and our environment from all the toxic gasses. Tree overage has decreased from 35% to a mere 3% in the previous decade. By using products made from bamboo rather than hardwood, you can make a difference. Continue reading, see the various uses of bamboo and save the planet, one tree at a time.
Nothing can beat the look, feel and smell of wood, but let’s face it, if the need of timber doesn’t decrease, the cutting down of trees wouldn’t either. To provide the earth a bit of a break, start using alternatives such as plastic toothpicks or move digital to save paper. However, I won’t tell you to stop braaiing, since it is what we do!
Did you know that 70 hectares of bamboo could produce enough material to build 1000 houses?
Bamboo doesn’t require pesticides or herbicides to grow. Similar to grass, bamboo grows from its roots and, unlike hardwood trees, it grows back after it’s been cut and can be harvested annually thereafter. Bamboo grows much faster than trees and takes between three to six years to grow.
Listed below are a list of items bamboo is used for, so the next time you go shopping, try to look out for alternative products made from bamboo instead of trees;
Functional Uses of Bamboo
Craft amazing furniture from bamboo
Makes beautiful hardwood flooring
Used in various cosmetic products and deodorants
Bamboo Offers top quality pulp used for making paper
Medicinal healing
Bamboo sprouts can be helpful in treating ulcers and wounds
Bamboo infusion is used to treat various inflammations
The leaves and roots are used for treating venereal diseases
Used as an abortifacient for kidney ailments
Used in the Treatment of infantile epilepsy
Building materials used in building
Used to fortify bridges and roads
Used as ecofriendly and more cost-effective scaffolding
Bamboo stems are used to make fences, roofs and roof tiles
Food preservative
Used in food as a natural food preservative because the bamboo skin prevents bacteria from growing.
Bamboo produces a strong and durable fabric with a long-lasting antibacterial quality and is therefore used to make clothing in addition to rugs.
Made into accessories such as necklaces, earrings and other types of jewellery
Tools and equipment
Bamboo is used in making weapons as well as handicrafts
The stalks of bamboo are used to weave strong and durable baskets
Crafting musical instruments
Farming
Bamboo roots enrich the soil by drawing up heavy metals from the ground
The roots holds the soil together and brings the water nearer to the surface that can benefit other nearby plants
Bamboo is planted on steep slopes or riverbanks to help prevent erosion and mudslides
Bamboo shoots are planted as boundary markers to help support banana trees
Charcoal is made from the pyroligneous acid extracted from the bamboo which is then used in insecticides

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