Humans have been eating bamboo shoots for thousands of years. Often seen in Asian dishes, bamboo shoots are low in fat and calories and provide a good source of fiber and potassium.
If you’ve ever travelled to South-East Asia, you’ll likely have seen bamboo used extensively in the construction industry. Bamboo is commonly used as scaffolding, upright props, and even to build huts and houses.
This is because bamboo is super strong; even stronger than steel! The tensile strength of steel is 23,000 PSI, while the tensile strength of bamboo is 28,000 PSI. Seems crazy, right?
From all this it seems like bamboo might be a super plant … but is it as good for the environment as we might think?
One of the biggest environmental benefits of bamboo is its ability to absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.
Bamboo is 100% biodegradable, and can be easily regenerated which is the reason why almost all companies whose mission is to offer eco-friendly products use bamboo as one of their raw materials. Bamboo products are eco-friendly as long as they haven’t been chemically processed, meaning no harmful chemicals were added.
Bamboo fibers are naturally anti-bacterial without needing any toxic chemical treatments, all thanks to its substance called ‘bamboo kun’.
Bamboo kun is found in bamboo fiber and is an antimicrobial bio-agent which gives bamboo its natural antibacterial properties. This prevents bacteria and microbes growing on bamboo products making it the perfect plant for naturally hygienic products such as bamboo straws and cutlery, keeping them sterile and fresh.