Bamboo isn’t just something that Pandas eat, it is a strong and durable material that has many uses. It is an extremely diverse and versatile resource that just so happens to grow in abundance on our lovely planet.
As we all know our planet is in crisis mode, and we need to find new processes to swap out the damaging old ways of doing things and pave the way for a better future.
Sustainability needs to be at the forefront of everything we do. This is where bamboo comes in as well as making positive changes in our living and day-to-day habits.
Bamboo has been around for hundreds of years and has been the backbone of many communities from food to building houses, but now people are looking at it through a different lens. It is bamboo’s time to shine. Manufacturers and environmentally-friendly businesses are now becoming increasingly aware of the many possibilities and use that bamboo have to offer.
Why Bamboo Is Our Planets Saving Grace
Bamboo is an incredible renewable resource and depending on the species, it can be harvested in one to five years. This compared to oak which can take a minimum of forty years to mature before it can be harvested is astounding.
It also can help with the issue of deforestation as almost 1 million acres of forests are lost each week. Bamboo can help to eradicate this issue as it is a versatile and strong substitute for hardwoods and can protect the forests.
It can do this not just by rivaling these materials but also due to the way it can grow. Bamboo thrives in many environments and climates from the mountains to wetlands. The only thing it needs to grow is a little bit of water and sunshine, with the rate at which it grows relying on little more than water and sunshine.
Bamboo has amazing qualities and we love raving about them, just when you thought we couldn’t say anymore, it can also absorb greenhouse gases. Bamboo absorbs carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an oak tree or any other hardwood tree.
Due to the nature of bamboo, it also has very minimal waste. More or less every part of bamboo can be used for something and can make a wide variety of products.
How can Bamboo Change The Face Of Sport?
Many sports are known for being bad for the environment as they can produce large carbon footprints, from excessive travel, sports equipment, and clothing to how the grounds are maintained and the crowds that they draw in from all over the globe.
This has a major impact but there are ways to offset these emissions and it can start with bamboo.
Yes, you heard us right. Bamboo can rival sports equipment with no change in efficiency or standards. If anything its strength, durability along with its flexibility makes it the far better option.
The bonus points are that bamboo biodegrades within weeks compared to its plastic counterpart which can take decades.
You May Be Asking, Will This Impact The Pandas?
Short answer, no.
But let us expand. Bamboo has an incredible growth rate and with some species, it can exceed growing three feet every day.
This is what makes bamboo so incredible, it is the fastest growing plant on the planet so there will be plenty left for the pandas. But also it can be sustainably harvested, with people only taking what they require.
Also, don’t let us forget to tell you the best part. After the bamboo is harvested, there is no need to plant another shoot as a new one will grow from its root system, leaving no requirement for cultivation.
Pandas are free to eat as much as they want and we as consumers can take what we need. There is plenty to go around, leaving the pandas with full bellies and this amazing renewable resource to take over the world.
Slow And Steady Wins The Race
It takes small consistent changes to make a difference. You too can be a part of the mission by swapping out your golf tees, cotton buds, and even your toothbrushes.
Knowledge is power and the more you learn can help you to make small but important changes and inspire those around you.
If everyone worked together, we could find new and innovative processes along the journey to help the planet.