There’s no way that the recent surge in bamboo will have passed you by, unless you’re an actual panda, that is. There are bamboo toothbrushes, bamboo counter tops, reusable bamboo coffee cups and even bamboo clothing. That’s a lot of bamboo going on, but it’s not enough – for you or the planet. You need more in your life, and here’s ten reasons why.
Bamboo uses a third of the water than cotton needs to grow
A bamboo plant isn’t just really fast-growing, it can do all that on just 33% of the water your average cotton plant needs to mature. A cotton t-shirt uses around 2,700 litres of water in its production and a lot of that is in the growing of the plant. Bamboo also needs no pesticides to grow, unlike cotton.
About that fast growing…
Some types of bamboo can grow 120cm in a day, all without spraying or even much watering. Cotton and timber need to be replanted after every harvest, whereas bamboo just keeps on going!
Bamboo is 100% biodegradable
Instead of throwing out your plastic toothbrush every three months, you can throw out your bamboo one every three months, safe in the knowledge that it’ll just return to the earth. Plastics can linger for hundreds of years.
Our bamboo bed sheets, towels and blankets are made from organic bamboo
It’s produced with no pesticides or fertilisers, so it’s guaranteed to be organic from the get-go.
Bamboo towels and bedding are gentler on the skin
We think of bamboo as hard and fibrous, but after treatment with lye, bamboo fibres become incredibly soft. Fabrics made from bamboo are around four times more absorbent than cotton, as well as being hypo-allergenic, which is good for your skin.
Bamboo is naturally thermo-regulating
You’ll be cool in summer and warm in winter! Bamboo bedding is especially good for babies and young children as they provide ultra-soft and absorbent comfort.
Fabrics made from bamboo are very resilient
Sheets and towels that are made from bamboo fibre are very durable and stand up to countless washes, unlike many cotton or synthetic fabrics that can shrink, wear or pill after a while.
Bamboo is naturally anti-microbial
The lignin components of bamboo show strong and durable anti-microbial properties. How it works isn’t fully understood yet, but it makes bamboo an ideal material for use in clothing, bedrooms and bathrooms.
Towels made from bamboo really get the job done
Bamboo’s superior absorbency means that bath towels really do dry you off! The natural anti-microbial properties of bamboo also make them less prone to smelling “off” over time.
Bamboo is good for the soil
As a type of grass on steroids, bamboo isn’t harvested, it’s cut instead. This leaves the roots of the plants in the soil so the soil and its ecosystem are undisturbed, year after year. Another benefit of bamboo is that it provides the same yield as cotton in just 10% of the space; it can also be planted on slopes that wouldn’t support other types of crops.
Now you know what bamboo can do for you and the environment, you’ll want more of it!