Reasons why bamboo is a sustainable resource
1. This grass is the fastest growing plant on the planet. It can grow up to 3 feet (1 m) in one day, which is the main reason why it’s so sustainable.
2. Unlike trees, it is cut for processing and it can regrow afterwards. It takes only 3 to 5 years until it is grown to its mature size.
3. Bamboo releases around 30% more oxygen than other plants because it also absorbs 5x more carbon dioxide than similar plants. This is one big reason why it is considered sustainable.
4. The way bamboo grows with an underground root system helps rebuild eroded soil. Scientists found out that it keeps river beds from eroding. However, it takes some time to see the whole effect. Bamboo has to grow out first in order to stop erosion.
5. Compared to cotton or other plants, it requires far less water. Only young bamboo needs frequent water to start growing upwards. Mature bamboo is very drought-resistant although it naturally grows in rainforests. It is actually pretty sensitive towards wet or soaked soil.
6. This grass doesn’t need any pesticides because it is naturally pest resistant. This is a big advantage to cotton, which needs a lot of environmentally harmful insecticides.
7. In its original form, bamboo is compostable. Depending on the processing, it could still go into your composter. For example, if you decide for a 100% organic bamboo toothbrush or if you pull out the bristles, you can compost it.
8. Bamboo is strong. In fact, bamboo flooring has a high rank on the Janka Hardness Scale.
9. It is naturally rot-resistant, antibacterial, and antifungal, which makes it a great material for kitchenware, toothbrushes, and outdoor uses. However, treating and maintaining will improve the lifespan drastically compared to untreated bamboo products or constructions.
10. Bamboo is a cheap resource. As it grows quick without pesticides needed and because it provides a lot of material, bamboo is a relatively low-cost material.