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Bamboo - The Greener Alternative

Overpopulation, global warming, and deforestation have become everyday headlines warning us about our overindulgence of resources and harm we are doing to our planet. In order to combat these problems, humans must band together and use the most adaptable and friendly resources the Earth has to offer. When replacing slow growing hardwoods that are becoming scarce, people should look to bamboo to solve their wood needs as an environmentally friendlier option.

1. Properties as a Renewable Resource

Bamboo only needs 1-5 years to grow before being harvested compared to the decades other hardwoods need to mature before being able to be used. This promotes an abundance of reusable wood for places where their resources are depleted. Bamboo can often grow up to 3 feet each day and when harvested, the root system will grow a new shoot without the need for additional planting.

2. Effect on Greenhouse Gasses and the Environment

Compared with other hardwood trees, bamboo absorbs more carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen. Bamboo does not require fertilizer, pesticides, or herbicides to grow. This helps prevent harmful chemicals being released into the surrounding environment. In addition, almost the entire plant can be used to make products.

3. Versatility

Bamboo can be used to produce almost all products that typical wood is used for. Paper, flooring, building materials, furniture, tissues, and pillowcases. Because it can be used as a hardwood application or be spun into fiber, its uses are endless.

Utilizing the right materials to lessen the environmental impact is essential for all of us to do. Let’s band together to make environmentally friendly alternatives the norm.


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