Here are 5 reasons why bamboo is so great:
1. Bamboo is the fastest-growing plant on earth
Bamboo is a highly sustainable plant. Bamboo can grow to full size in just 3-4 months, compared to standard trees which can take 30+ years to grow.
In the right conditions, it can grow 3 feet tall in 24 hours which means you can literally watch it grow with your own eyes! This makes it a super sustainable alternative due to its naturally renewing properties.
Plus, nasty pesticides and chemicals aren’t required when harvesting bamboo. This means the cultivation is natural, and never harms the environment.
2. Bamboo is strong and durable
It’s no surprise that bamboo is often named as the new ‘green steel’ for its versatility and strength in construction, with entire homes now being built entirely from this robust plant.
Bamboo has an astounding strength and lifespan whilst remaining light and easy to carry around. With proper care, your bamboo goodies can be used time and time again without the worry of them deteriorating.
3. Bamboo is safe and hygienic
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.
Plus, when the bamboo is coupled with food-approved varnish on top, it can stay strong and safe for years. At Bare Vida, we apply a food-approved varnish on top of all our utensils – and in the inside of every straw – to help the utensils last for 3+ years. This seals and protects the bamboo making them the ultimate reusable utensils.
4. Bamboo Is Good For The Community
At Bare Vida, we love to give back to the community. Bamboo production and manufacturing sustains the traditional industry and creates new well-paying stables jobs for locals in areas that need social and economic stability. This is why every one of our unique sustainable goodies are all locally grown and handmade in Bali, giving straight back to Balinese locals.
We believe in respecting the environment, which is why we have implemented a zero-waste policy ensuring any leftover materials and remainders are recycled or reused. We even use the unused bamboo shavings for fires so we can make the most of all materials here!
We aim to reduce our overall waste, leave as few footprints as possible, and have a positive impact on our planet.
5. Bamboo is Great for the Environment
Bamboo forests have enormous positive benefits for the environment as this incredibly productive plant efficiently stores carbon.
Bamboo absorbs 2x more carbon dioxide than trees, which is why they are known to act as carbon sinks. It also generates a vast amount of oxygen, totalling up to 30% more than most plants and trees.
As well as this, bamboo plants have strong roots in the ground which makes the soil more stable. This means it can stabilise and restore the land, and prevent landslides. So in countries which are prone to landslides, bamboo could be a good option.
Finally, bamboo helps protect biodiversity and endangered species by creating homes for a variety of different animals. Bamboo forests save and protect the species living in that forest, by providing both homes and food. Don’t forget the giant pandas who rely on bamboo alone!