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Amazing Uses Of Bamboo

download (11)With a vast increasing population, the demand for new housing and consumables is diminishing Africa’s forests. Trees are vital for our planet’s survival especially for cleaning the air and our environment from all the toxic gasses. Tree overage has decreased from 35% to a mere 3% in the last decade. By using products made from bamboo instead of hardwood, you can make a difference. Read on, see the various uses of bamboo and save the planet, one tree at a time.

Nothing can beat the look, feel and smell of wood, but let’s face it, if the demand of wood doesn’t decrease, the cutting down of trees wouldn’t either. To give the earth a bit of a break, start using alternatives such as plastic toothpicks or go digital to save paper. However, I will not tell you to stop braaiing, because it’s what we do!

Did you know that 70 hectares of bamboo could produce enough material to build 1000 houses?

Bamboo does not need pesticides or herbicides to grow. Similar to grass, bamboo grows from its roots and, unlike hardwood trees, it grows back after it has been cut and can be harvested every year thereafter. Bamboo grows much faster than trees and takes between three to six years to mature.

Here are a list of things bamboo is used for, so the next time you go shopping, try to look out for alternative products made from bamboo instead of trees;

Functional Uses of Bamboo

Domestic and home uses

Kitchenware and utensils

Craft beautiful furniture out of bamboo

Makes beautiful hardwood flooring

Used in various cosmetic products and deodorants

Office use

Bamboo provides high quality pulp used for making paper

Pen, USB casings and various other stationary items are made from bamboo

Medicinal healing

Bamboo sprouts can be helpful in treating ulcers and wounds

Bamboo extract is used to treat various inflammations

The roots and leaves are used for treating venereal diseases

Used as an abortifacient for kidney diseases

Used to treat infantile epilepsy

Building material

Building materials used in construction

Used to reinforce roads and bridges

Used as eco-friendly and more cost-effective scaffolding

Bamboo stems are used to make fences, roofs and roof tiles

Food preservative

Used in food as a natural food preservative because the bamboo skin prevents bacteria from growing.

Clothing and accessories

Bamboo makes a strong and durable fabric with a long-lasting antibacterial quality and is therefore used to make clothing as well as rugs.

Made into accessories such as necklaces, earrings and other types of jewellery

Tools and equipment

Bamboo is used in making weapons as well as handicrafts

The stems of bamboo are used to weave strong and durable baskets

Crafting musical instruments

Farming

Bamboo roots enrich the soil by drawing up heavy metals from the ground

The roots holds the soil together and draws the water closer to the surface which can benefit other nearby plants

Bamboo is planted on steep slopes or riverbanks to help prevent erosion and mudslides

Bamboo shoots are planted as boundary markers to help support banana trees

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