The excessive use of plastic has caused severe consequences to our world. The amount of plastic waste dumps each day into the oceans is at an alarming stage. Most countries have poor waste management, and all plastic waste ends up in the oceans containing harmful toxins that are threatening aquatic life. Plastic waste is solely the biggest contributor to water pollution.
According to statistics, the production of plastic has drastically increased in the last decade compared with the previous century. Most countries dispose of plastic by burning it or throwing it into the ocean, which releases toxic gases and causes air pollution and climate change. It ultimately leads to an increase in air pollution and ocean pollution that destroy aquatic life such as coral reefs.
So, the question is, how to play our part for the betterment of this situation? How can we contribute to helping our environment?
Bamboo is natural, strong and an alternative to plastic because it grows fast and biodegrades on its own. The use of bamboo is common in our everyday lives. There are so many bamboo products such as packaging material, clothing, boxes, plates, cotton buds, cutlery sets and toothbrushes. People often think that bamboo is a tree, but it is not. It belongs to a group of grass that is (15-39) feet tall, depending on the species. Bamboo is so strong and durable that there are no weak parts in its entire length. Many environmentalists support the use of bamboo as an alternative to plastic because of its many benefits.
Another question that pops up in our mind after knowing these facts is that, is bamboo sustainable? Well, there are many pros and cons related to the use of bamboo, but today we will highlight some of the benefits of using bamboo.
Below are five reasons that will explain to you why bamboo is a sustainable alternative.
We have lost a large number of forests to deforestation in the past 25 years. It is mainly to clear the area for constructing something besides the forest. Another reason is to gather timber that has multiple uses in the manufacturing or construction business. Bamboo is a natural raw material that has many benefits compared to wood, bricks, and steel. Although bamboo is grass, still it has some properties that are more useful when compared to a tree that is of equal mass. Bamboo absorbs 12000kg of carbon dioxide annually per hectare and produces over 35% more oxygen. It also absorbs a large quantity of nitrogen from the soil that can wash up in the water and cause water pollution. This ability of bamboo to absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen has proved to be one of the best environmental benefits. It is also a renewable resource that provides a high yield means switching to bamboo would decrease the deforestation rate in our world; and also means that we don't have to be dependent on non-renewable resources such as coal, which will eventually run out.
2. Durable and Strong
Now we know how good bamboo is good for the environment. But to what extent can we use its properties? Is it long-lasting and more practical? These are some questions that should come to your mind. People in Southeast Asia use bamboo in their construction industry, and they use it to build houses, but the most common use of bamboo is in making scaffolding and upright props. The tensile and compressive strength of bamboo is greater than that of steel. That is why bamboo is Fastest growing Plant called green steel. The tensile strength of bamboo is 28000psi which is 5000psi greater than steel, and it takes seven years to become its most hardened form. Bamboo also has an unusual heat resistibility because it contains a large amount of silicate acid, and it is easy to transport due to its lightweight.
3. Fastest growing Plant
Bamboo does not require any special conditions to grow. It can grow anywhere but ideally in subtropical zones where sandy topsoil and loam mud soil. The growth rate of bamboo is exceptionally high, almost 35inches every day. As a result, a large amount of bamboo can be harvested annually without the risk of shortage. As a renewable resource with no use of harmful chemicals in the production of bamboo makes the harvesting of bamboo natural and eco-friendly. It takes around three to six years for bamboo to mature, whereas when compared to full-size trees, they take more than 30 years to grow.
4. Safe and hygienic
As previously mentioned above, bamboo has exceptional renewable properties without any harmful chemicals in the process, which makes it organic and environmentally friendly.
But how does bamboo protect itself from bacteria and other pests?
The fibres in bamboo are naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal because it possesses a substance called 'bamboo kun'. Bamboo Kun contains an antimicrobial bio-agent that prevents bacteria, fungus, and other microbes from growing on bamboo. It also makes the product feel fresh and odour free for a longer time. Bamboo products such as cutlery and straws are healthier, safer, and more hygienic to use.
5. Positive/good for the Community
Bamboo is fast-growing and is easy to produce material. The production of bamboo brings economic and social stability in rural areas by providing stable jobs. It also creates many work opportunities for women to make handmade bamboo products. It also contributes to making daily use products such as toothbrushes, crockery, kitchen utensils, and furniture.
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Together, we will make a difference!
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