Bamboo

Bamboo, Forest, Trunks, Grass, PlantUsing a vast increasing population, the demand for new housing and consumables is diminishing Africa’s forests. Trees are vital for our world’s survival especially for cleansing the air and our environment from all of the toxic gasses. Tree overage has decreased from 35% to a mere 3% in the last decade. By using products made from bamboo rather than hardwood, you can make a difference. Continue reading, see the various uses of bamboo and save the planet, one tree at a time.
Nothing can beat the look, feel and smell of wood, but let’s face it, if the demand of wood doesn’t decrease, the cutting down of trees would not either. To provide the earth a bit of a break, begin using alternatives such as plastic toothpicks or move digital to save paper. However, I won’t tell you to stop braaiing, since it’s what we do!
Did you know that 70 hectares of bamboo could produce enough material to build 1000 houses?
Bamboo doesn’t require pesticides or herbicides to grow. Similar to grass, bamboo grows from its origins and, unlike hardwood trees, it grows back after it’s been cut and can be harvested every year thereafter. Bamboo grows much faster than trees and takes between three to six years to grow.
Here are a list of things bamboo is used for, so the next time you go shopping, try to look out for alternative products made from bamboo instead of trees;
Functional Uses of Bamboo
Domestic and home uses
Craft beautiful furniture out of bamboo
Makes beautiful hardwood floors
Employed in various cosmetic products and deodorants
Office use
Bamboo provides high quality pulp used for making paper
Medicinal healing
Bamboo sprouts can be helpful in treating wounds and ulcers
Bamboo extract is used to treat various inflammations
The leaves and roots are used for treating venereal diseases
Used as an abortifacient for kidney diseases
Used in the Treatment of infantile epilepsy
Building materials used in construction
Used to fortify roads and bridges
Used as eco-friendly and more cost-effective scaffolding
Bamboo stems are used to create fences, roofs and roof tiles
Employed in food as a natural food preservative because the bamboo skin prevents bacteria from growing.
Bamboo makes a strong and durable fabric with a long-lasting antibacterial quality and can be therefore used to make clothing in addition to rugs.
Made into accessories such as necklaces, earrings and other types of jewellery
Tools and equipment
Bamboo is used in making weapons as well as handicrafts
The stems of bamboo are used to weave strong and durable baskets
Crafting musical instruments
Farming
Bamboo roots enrich the soil by drawing heavy metals from the floor
The roots holds the soil together and brings the water closer to the surface that can benefit other neighboring plants
Bamboo is planted on steep slopes or riverbanks to help prevent erosion and mudslides
Bamboo shoots are planted as boundary markers to help support banana trees
Charcoal is made from the pyroligneous acid extracted from the bamboo which is then used in insecticides

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