Updated: Oct 7, 2020
We're turning our beautiful Ocean into a plastic soup. About 300 million tons of plastic are dumped into the Ocean each year. And 9% of these are recycled or reused. This means 91% of all plastic is used only once and is then thrown away - and found its way into our oceans or landfills. If we are not aware of what we are doing with our mother earth, we will have a future with more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050. Human addiction to plastic use and poor waste management is killing countless birds and marine animals from entanglement or poisoning, and even chemical contamination of the fish we eat.
And a simple way we can make a difference is to switch to using sustainable products and say no to single-use plastic. So, what else can we use instead of plastic? It’s bamboo- an incredible alternative to plastic because it’s so strong and durable - but is biodegradable and natural instead.
Bamboo is a sustainable and eco-friendly material that can improve the ever-increasing depletion of natural resources in the world. In particular, bamboo is capable of effectively replacing natural wood. The inherent properties of bamboo and advances in manufacturing techniques have resulted in high-value consumer products such as bamboo flooring and bamboo furniture alternative to laminate flooring and wood furniture, offering more benefits to the environment.
Here are 6 reasons why bamboo can save the earth:
1. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plant on earth
Bamboo can grow to full size in just 3-4 months, compared to other plants like oak, which can take 20+ years to grow. In the right conditions, it can grow up 3 feet tall in just only 24 hours. It means you can watch it grow with your naked eyes!
Bamboo is a highly sustainable plant. Bamboo can be harvested annually and is capable of self-regeneration. In fact, the planned harvesting contributes to the sustainability of the bamboo forest as well as increases productivity in the future.
3. No pesticides or chemicals are required
Unlike most other industrial crops, bamboo does not require fertilizer to thrive. Also, unlike other plants, bamboo does not need careful care and care does not create excess chemicals for the environment. You don’t need to pesticide when you are harvesting bamboo too. This means that growing bamboo is 100% natural and never harms the environment.
4. Bamboo is strong & durable
It’s no surprise that bamboo is also known as ‘green steel’ for its versatility and strength in construction, with entire homes now being built entirely from this robust plant. Bamboo has incredible strength and longevity while remaining light and easy to carry around.
5. Soil protection
Bamboo plantation help infertile soil improvement, erosion control. Bamboo roots left in the soil after harvesting helps retain nutrients and moisture for the next crop. Bamboo also provides limited protection from natural disasters such as landslides.
6. Greenhouse gas absorption
Bamboo absorbs 2 times more carbon dioxide than other green plants. It also produces large amounts of oxygen, up to 35% more than most equivalent hardwoods.