Did you know Bamboo was used in one of Thomas Edison’s early light bulbs? or that is holds the world record for the quickest growing plant?
Bamboo can be eaten (new shoots), made into fiber for clothing, it can be used in concrete reinforcement, in can provide great livestock feed with the foliage being up to 22% protein, it can be machined into numerous forms of lumber, etc. It might be easier to compile a list of what bamboo cannot be used for than what it is used for.
1. Anti-bacterial properties
The natural antibacterial propertiesof bamboo fibers make bamboo a great material for use in clothing. Bamboo and cotton were tested for how much bacteria they killed over a 24-hour period, and the bamboo killed nearly all of the bacteria, while the cotton did not kill any.
The benefits of this translate to less stinky and cleaner clothes, sheets, diapers, towels, and much more. These antibacterial properties are also very attractive for wound dressings, inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria in the bandages. This means less frequent washing is necessary, another win for the environment.
Bamboo charcoal actually absorbs and retains the bad odors, as well as moisture, as opposed to traditional deodorizers, which just try to mask the offending odors. This is a great, green alternative to using chemicals, candles, and cleaners to deodorize your home, car or office.
2. first plant to re-green after the atomic blast in Hiroshima
Bamboo can also tolerate extreme conditions that most plants cannot and it withstands being smashed better than your average concrete. It was actually the first plant to re-green after the atomic blast in Hiroshima in 1945.
3. Part of the grass family
The Bamboos (Bambusoidaea) consists of 1439 different species in 116 genera. It is one of the 12 subfamilies of the grass family (Poaceae) and the only one to diversify in forests. Bamboo is a great plant for individuals concerned with a green environment.
4. Holds a world record for the fastest growing plant
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on this planet. It has been recorded growing at an amazing 47.6 inches in a 24 hour period. Due to how fast bamboo grows, it is considered one of the most renewable plants on earth.
5. Releases 35% more oxygen
Bamboo is a crucial element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. A grove of bamboo release 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees. Because of this, planting bamboo is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and help fight global warming.
6. It is stronger than steel
Bamboo is a viable replacement for wood. It can be harvest in 3-5 years versus 10-20 for most softwoods. It can out yield pine 6 to 1 in biomass production. It is also one of the strongest building materials with a tensile strength of 28,000 psi.To help give you an idea how much this is, mild steel measures 23,000 psi.
Due to these properties, bamboo is now being used to make bicycle frames, because of its light weight and incredible strength. This also makes bamboo an ideal candidate to replace wood for many of its traditional uses in buildings. The ability of bamboo to bend but not break is what gives it this incredible property.
7. Very Earth Friendly
It is a great soil conservation tool. It greatly reduces erosion with a sum of stem flow rate and canopy intercept of 25%. This dramatically reduces rain run-off, preventing massive soil erosion and making it very earth friendly.
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