Bamboo has become one of the most versatile materials in the last few years. It can be eaten, worn, decorated with and some even believe it may bring good luck. However, EnviroCitizen.org wonders if you have ever considered just how perfect bamboo is for your bathroom.
Bamboo is often used like a wood or fabric. Many consumers think that it is a tree as we often hear of “bamboo forests”. However, bamboo is actually categorized as a grass and not a tree. Bamboo is not only versatile but is an incredibly sustainable resource. It grows rapidly and can shoot up a yard or more a day! Bamboo also reaches maturity quickly. It is usually ready to be harvested in about four years. Bamboo does not require replanting after harvesting because its roots work a lot like the spider plant, growing new nodules and creating more plants without the need for planting by farmers. Growing bamboo is a sustainable practice. Bamboo improves soil quality and even helps rebuild degraded soil. The extensive root system of bamboo holds soil together, prevents soil erosion and retains water. It does this all on its own without any synthetic chemicals or machinery.
Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and also helps fight odors. This is credited to a special chemical in the plant referred to as “bamboo-kun.” Bamboo is great in homes where someone may have respiratory sensitivity. Furthermore, bamboo is highly absorbent. It soaks water three to four times faster than cotton. In warm, humid and moist weather, bamboo remains drier than most products and doesn’t stick to the skin when used to create towels.
Bamboo is making an appearance in more than just fabrics. It also is a great container for soaps, tissues and more. Crate and Barrel, IKEA and many other major international retailers are carrying this very versatile material in a wide variety of household products and decorations. It can come in all kinds of natural finishes and colors to suit anyone’s taste. The fibers in bamboo allow it to absorb dye easily, so not as much is needed in resources.
Bamboo is becoming a household material in so many ways. With so many uses and the unbelievably eco-friendliness nature of bamboo, it is no wonder that it is being acclaimed as the ulimate new material in homes. If you are interested in decorating your home with products made of this sustainable material, check out EnviroCitizen.org’s selection of eco-friendly bamboo household products.