The All Pervailing Green Bamboo
Are you interested in saving planet Earth? If you are then perhaps you will turn yourself into some sort of Captain Planet but until you mange to do so it all lays in the choices you make when it comes to purchasing large or small products. We keep hearing about green products yet not many of us pay much attention to them. Next time when you find yourself in a big store you should look for products made of bamboo as you will surely be able to find lots of these products. It doesn’t matter if you need to buy a computer mouse or a large screen television; it is all there using bamboo in their manufacturing and as such being more earth-friendly. What makes bamboo earth-friendly is the fact that it grows fast, needs no fertilizer and nor does it need any pesticides, seizing important amounts of the greenhouse gas, carbon monoxide and releases into the air large amounts of oxygen. Those of you who think that when the canes are harvested the bamboo plant dies prove to be wrong as the plant doesn’t die.
You will be surprised to hear how many products can be made from bamboo. Its uses have evolved over time and nowadays this grass is utilized in a vast array of products, labeled as eccentric by some and useful and durable by others. Yet how many of you know that bamboo is considered a symbol of fertility in Chinese culture and a symbol of friendship in India? Man’s ingenuity can always be surprising and as such bamboo turns out to be more than just the favorite dish for pandas.
Have you ever thought about a footbridge made of bamboo? I don’t think so. Yet Cambodian people have as they build what is considered to be the longest bamboo bridge in the world, connecting two islands in the region. Whenever you hear anyone talking about the Kampong Cham bridge you should know that it is a bamboo bridge, not a usual one but one which due to the sustainability and the stability of the bamboo can support significant weight. The Japanese people rely on the bamboo when it comes to building bridges as well.
Bamboo can as well be used when it comes to constructing a variety of percussive instruments such as the xylophone and the angklung, an Indonesian musical instrument with a bamboo frame and tunes. How about bamboo speaker cabinets? Does the idea of buying such a speaker enchant you? It should because it may give a rustic touch to your room and they have a special look that clearly makes the difference.
There are many interesting facts to be discovered when it comes to bamboo and its broad uses. Bamboo charcoal may help absorbing various odors and also acts as a dehumidifier and as such it is used for all these purposes. Why not starting using it yourself?
Bamboo is also used in beauty and health products as it was discovered that when heated bamboo charcoal is made into a medicinal vinegar, being used in places like Japan to treat eczemas. Therefore it also takes care of your skin’s beauty.
You will be surprised to hear that not only is it used in treating skin problems but also in making various products such as underwear, blankets and much more. If you happen to find such products you should buy them as bamboo is already famous for its durability as well as for permitting the circulation of air and a soft fabric as well. Do you happen to have allergies? Then you should find out that clothing made with bamboo is hypo allergenic. And all this is made possible by an anti bacterial agent called bamboo kun. This is why bamboo fabric is the perfect material to make towels, bad sheets and clothing for people with allergies. Bamboo clothing turns out to be the new fashion trend.
How about kitchenware? You may discover that it has become a trend to have a bamboo cutting board in your kitchen. It might be because they are considered to be incredibly stylish and easier to clean. So, next time you think about renovating your kitchen take into consideration the idea of buying such a cutting board too.
The Asian food is already famous for its wide use of bamboo shoots. You may like it or not, yet you should try it first to see on which side you can place yourself. And if you decide to eat them then perhaps you need a beer afterwards to quench your thirst, a bamboo beer. It is said that this beer has a unique flavor. If you happen to have near you one such bottle of beer why not giving it a try?
If you are addicted to computers and laptops then perhaps you should consider buying one with a bamboo casing. Given its rather rustic look and durability it may turn your computer into your dream computer and stir envies in the people around you. It has been used to enhance computer hardware, for hard-drive cases, keyboard covers, computer mice and other types of computer hardware.
The renewable material is being utilized as an alternative to plastic casing and it may be also used in packing material as well. Have you ever wondered why computer manufacturers decided to use bamboo instead of any other metals? Mainly because it has the strength of many metals brought together, being at the same time easy and quick to grow. What may convince you to buy such a computer is also the fact that having a lifespan of about 20 years, the computer will be kept in perfect condition over the years. Bamboo fibers are used in packing material for Dell computer equipment, the main reason being that bamboo can be placed in fertilizing systems. The good thing here is that by doing this the computer hardware industry has made one more step towards a greener world, lowering their impact on the environment. Each step towards a green world should be appreciated at its right value because step by step we will be able to somehow save our planet from sinking in piles and piles of plastic and other such garbage.
If you happen to look for a bike for your child or yourself then you should be surprised to find out that bamboo is even used in making bicycles. Being found predominantly in Asia and Africa they start gaining popularity in the rest of the world too.
As inventive as always Japanese people used bamboo in making electric cars as well. As such, if you consider yourself to be an eccentric person who does not pay any attention to aesthetic details then you should perhaps think about purchasing such a car. Being eco-friendly such a car may turn out to be the car of the future and people will stand in line to buy yours.
If you have a keen interest in martial arts or any other fighting Japanese arts then you are probably aware of the fact that bamboo swords and staves have been used for thousand of years now in training sessions. In case you didn’t know then you should find out that in India bamboo staves are constructed for stick fighting, a form of martial arts training. All you need to do is search it on google and you will certainly find many interesting facts.
Perhaps the greenest use of bamboo is to be found in the fact that it is used as a building material for alternative energy installations. Have you ever thought about building waterwheels for hydropower making use of bamboo? You should have, mainly because its sustainability and because it grows very quickly and as such we do not impact nature when cutting it. Did you know that bamboo is also used to make blades for wind turbines as well? If you didn’t, then this is the proper moment for you to find out.
When it comes to ecological bamboo television perhaps the comments made on playengine.co.uk are just enough to convince you that you should buy products made of bamboo or using this plant in their manufacturing: “Bamboo is a grass rather than wood, but it is harder than oak. The fibers are even stronger than wood and steel. The bamboo used in these TVs is made from Gramineae monocotyledonous plant. This type of plant is hard and panda friendly and as pandas only feed on soft bamboo there is no harm to wildlife. Once the bamboo is harvested it is dried in high temperatures which kill pests and bacteria. Then through high pressure and high temperature carbonization, the bamboo fibre and other compositions have been completely solidified.”
You can all see that people used their imagination and gave bamboo various shapes and uses and perhaps we should pay attention to all these products as well and start using some of them in our homes or in our offices.
What is good for pandas proves to be good for us too as far as green products are brought into discussion. Did you ever envision so many usages for bamboo?11