In 1950 the world produced 2 million tonnes of plastic each year. In 2020 the world will produce over 380 million tonnes of plastic with less than an estimated 10% being recycled. The majority ends up in oceans, rivers, woodlands and landfills.
Just think that very first tooth brush you had as a child is probably still somewhere on the planet, in a wood, landfill or sitting at the bottom of the ocean.
You can make a difference by switching to sustainable products and saying no to single use or hard to recycle products.
So what can you use instead?
Bamboo! It’s an incredible alternative to plastic because it’s strong and durable but is also biodegradable and natural instead. Here are six reasons why:
1 - Bamboo grows fast.......very fast
Bamboo can grow to full size in just 3-4 months, compared to standard trees which can take over 30 years to grow. Given the right conditions, it can grow 3 feet tall in 24 hours. This makes it a super sustainable alternative due to its naturally renewing properties.
Plus, you don't need any nasty pesticides and chemicals when harvesting bamboo. This means the cultivation is natural, and never harms the environment.
2. Bamboo is strong and durable
It’s no surprise that bamboo is often named as the new ‘green steel’ for its versatility and strength in construction, with entire homes now being built entirely from this robust plant.
Bamboo has an astounding strength and lifespan whilst remaining light and easy to carry around. With proper care, your bamboo goodies can be used time and time again without the worry of them deteriorating.
3. Very little waste
After harvesting, virtually every part of the plant is used to make a wide variety of products. From soil-enriching mulch to beautiful furniture to chopsticks, every part of the plant can be utilized.
4. Bamboo is safe and hygienic
Bamboo kun is found in bamboo fibre and is an antimicrobial bio-agent which gives bamboo its natural antibacterial properties. This prevents bacteria and microbes growing on bamboo products making it the perfect plant for naturally hygienic products such as bamboo straws and cutlery, keeping them sterile and fresh.
5. Bamboo is good for the environment
Bamboo forests have enormous positive benefits for the environment as this incredibly productive plant efficiently stores carbon.
Bamboo absorbs 2 times more carbon dioxide than trees, which is why they are known to act as carbon sinks. It also generates a vast amount of oxygen, totalling up to 30% more than most plants and trees.
As well as this, bamboo plants have strong roots in the ground which makes the soil more stable. This means it can stabilise and restore the land, and prevent landslides. So in countries which are prone to landslides, bamboo could be a good option.
6. Bamboo grows in a variety of conditions
Bamboo can grow in arid regions where droughts cause other crops to fail and since the roots are left in place after harvesting, it helps to preserve vital moisture in the soil. From low wetlands to higher elevations in the mountains, bamboo thrives in a wide range of climates.
Can bamboo save the planet? The answer to that question depends on the choices we make. But this amazing plant and its surging popularity in a huge variety of products offers mankind a chance to enjoy many of the comforts of modern life without causing irreparable damage to our environment.
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