Benefits of Bamboo
Bamboo is the largest member of the ‘grass family’. It’s been around for thousands of years and is a fast growing plant with records of it growing 100 cm (39 in) within a 24 hour period.
Trees absorb carbon dioxide from our atmosphere but bamboo can do the same at a faster rate because of its growth rate.
Its root system is strong and so has the ability to grow and develop unaided in the wild. Bearing this in mind, it is able to withstand wear, pressure, or damage.
Once cut, bamboo does not need to be replanted to re-produce as out of its own root system it is able to re-grow new shoots; making it one of the best renewable resources on this planet of ours.
Bamboo holds its own as it is moisture resistant and therefore does not swell with moisture or shrink with dryness; unlike hardwood. Another trait of bamboo is that it is rot resistant and termite resistant.
Bamboo……..Not Just For Pandas!
Bamboo is so versatile that you can grow it in your yard, using it as a wind barrier or garden feature.
Its broad root system helps with soil erosion. Being light in weight than hardwood but just as strong and taking into account bamboo’s characteristics, it is great for making furniture.
Transporting it is so easy and once inside the home is easy to move around when you want to re-decorate etc. Cleaning is easy too as all you have to do is wipe over your bamboo furniture with a damp cloth.
I had lived in Malaysia, on Penang Island, with my parents when my brother and I were children. Our furniture was bamboo and it only stood to reason with living in a wet tropical climate.
Now I live in a sub-tropical climate in north Queensland and definitely know that bamboo furniture would best suit here too. Mould is a constant here because of a lot of moisture in the air.
Even if you don’t live in a tropical climate, bamboo would do well in your bathroom; where moisture and condensation occurs after showering and bathing.
A good read is The Craft & Art of Bamboo.
Knowing now what I know about bamboo, it angers me that developers are ‘raping’ our planet of trees which play a major part in protecting our environment and producing the life-saving air we breathe!