Bamboo Damyang Sunshine Bamboo Bamboo SunsUsing a vast growing population, the demand for new housing and consumables is diminishing Africa’s forests. Trees are vital for our planet’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 last decade. By using products made from bamboo rather than hardwood, you can make a difference. Continue reading, see the various applications 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 does not decrease, the cutting down of trees would not either. To give the earth a tiny break, start using alternatives such as plastic toothpicks or go digital to conserve paper. However, I won’t tell you to stop braaiing, because it’s what we do!
Did you know that 70 hectares of bamboo could produce enough material to build 1000 houses?
Bamboo does not need pesticides or herbicides to grow. Very similar to grass, bamboo grows from its origins and, unlike hardwood trees, it grows back after it’s been cut and can be harvested every year thereafter. Bamboo grows much faster than trees and takes between three to six years to mature.
Here are a list of items bamboo is used for, so the next time you go shopping, try to Consider alternative products made from bamboo rather than trees;
Domestic and home uses
Craft beautiful furniture out of bamboo
Makes beautiful hardwood flooring
Employed in various cosmetic products and deodorants
Office use
Bamboo Offers top quality pulp used for making paper
Pen, USB casings and various other stationary items are made from bamboo
Bamboo sprouts can be helpful in treating ulcers and wounds
Bamboo extract is used to treat various inflammations
The roots and leaves are used for treating venereal diseases
Used as an abortifacient for kidney ailments
Used to treat infantile epilepsy
Building material
Building materials used in building
Used to reinforce bridges and roads
Used as eco-friendly and more cost-effective scaffolding
Bamboo stems are used to create fences, roofs and roof tiles
Used in food as a natural food preservative since the bamboo skin prevents bacteria from growing.
Bamboo produces a strong and durable fabric with a durable antibacterial quality and can be therefore used to make clothing in addition to rugs.
Made into accessories such as necklaces, earrings and other types of jewelry
Tools and equipment
Bamboo is used in making weapons along with 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 floor
The roots holds the soil together and draws the water nearer to the surface which 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 encourage banana trees
Charcoal is made from the pyroligneous acid extracted from the bamboo which is then used in insecticides