You may have noticed by now that a lot of people who are trying to live more sustainably are making the switch to products made from bamboo.
Bamboo toothbrushes, bamboo hairbrushes, paper made of bamboo, straws made of bamboo, even some clothing is made from bamboo!
But, what makes this product so much better? Well, it's complicated.
Bamboo absorbs way more carbon dioxide and releases way more oxygen than trees: Up to 35% more oxygen is released from bamboo compared to trees!
Bamboo grows incredibly fast: up to 3 feet a day! Which means it can be grown and harvested quicker. It can reach it's full maturity in 3 - 5 years!
Bamboo regenerates itself: no need to replant bamboo because it will regenerate from its roots!
Bamboo doesn't need as much water: less water needed = more sustainable growing.
Bamboo also doesn't require pesticides: no pesticides means no chemicals!
Most commercial bamboo comes from China. That means your bamboo product is flying a long way to get to you, increasing the carbon footprint of your bamboo toothbrush.
There are not many standards that bamboo farmers need to meet. This means they may be using fertilizers and pesticides to increase their yields. Since it is not very transparent, it's hard to know if this is the case or not.
When turning bamboo into clothing products, they need to use a lot of chemicals and harmful processes. So to grow the bamboo may be more environmentally friendly, but the processes it must go through to become different products may not be.
Lastly, since the demand for bamboo is going up this means that farmers are clearing more land to meet this new demand. This can be harmful to the natural ecosystems in the area and displace wildlife.
Overall, bamboo is a more eco-friendly material than cotton or plastic and can be a great choice for someone wanting to live more eco-conscious. However, it's important to consider all the pros and cons before investing in a new material, like bamboo.