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Here at ThinkBamboo, we are dedicated to bringing you the most diverse collection of environmentally friendly Bamboo products. Bamboo is an amazing material. Its full potential has only begun to be tested. For centuries, bamboo has been used as a raw material for making everything from shelters to eating implements to jewelry. Recently, there has been increased interest in the use of bamboo as a raw material, both because of its versatility, and because of its environmental benefits.
Bamboo is actually a type of grass, and like grass, it is a very rapidly renewable resource. Once processed, it can be used in a wide variety of applications. It is harder than maple and has the same tensile strength as steel, yet it can be spun and woven into silky soft textiles. As we become more aware of our strong and lasting impact on the environment, it is important to make choices that minimize this impact, and preserve our resources for generations to come. This is another appealing aspect of working with bamboo. It is arguably the most renewable resource in the world.
Since bamboo is a grass, it does not die when harvested, and thus does not require replanting. The root system of the plant remains alive and sends up new shoots that will mature and be ready for harvest again in as little as 4 years. Hardwoods by comparison need 25-70 years to mature. As a fiberstock, bamboo compares very favorably against cotton, which is very resource intensive to cultivate. Conventional cotton requires over 100,000 cubic feet of water per acre to grow and encourages erosion of topsoil due to both wind and water because the cotton plants must be spaced apart, exposing the soil to be baked dry in the sun. In comparison, bamboo requires minimal rainwater and is drought resistant. Not only that, but bamboo is a very hardy disease resistant plant that requires no fertilizer, herbicide or pesticide to cultivate. In fact whether its been certified organic or not, you can be quite confident that any bamboo that is eventually processed into consumer goods was raised organically as a matter of simple economics. Bamboo grows so successfully on its own that the gains from using herbicides or pesticides do not outweigh the costs. Bamboo is also better for the soil than cotton. Whereas cotton is hard on the soil and requires intensive use of fertilizer, bamboo will actually sequester excess nitrogen, improving the quality of marginal soils.
Not only is bamboo a renewable resource, but its cultivation is actually beneficial to the environment. The vast root system of a bamboo forest prevents erosion and regulates the absorption of rainwater, reducing both runoff, and the danger of flash flooding. Bamboo cultivation is also beneficial to air quality. Compared to an equivalent stand of trees, bamboo takes in 5 times as much CO2, and generates 35% more oxygen.
Please take some time to browse through our site. Weve been careful to source only the best bamboo products available on the market, in many cases working directly with factories in China to produce products to our specifications.