Pandas love it and that alone is reason enough to take a closer look at bamboo. But what is even better: Bamboo is used as a THE alternative to plastic and plastic traded.
But is bamboo really as sustainable as everyone thinks it is? We investigated this question.
Not so easy to get down
Bamboo is supreme robust and versatile. There are around 1,400 bamboo species worldwide, 500 of which grow in China alone.
Bamboo is a tropical or subtropical plant and is native to all continents except Antarctica and Europe. But it can now also be grown in Europe.
Fast, faster, bamboo
Bamboo is an extremely fast growing plant. Create some styles up to one meter per day. This allows a large amount of bamboo to be felled each year without the population being greatly reduced or the pandas running out of their food source.
Because of the rapid growth Bamboo stores significantly more CO2 than our native trees. Depending on the tree species, this can be up to 40 percent more.
Bamboo features a extensive root system, which ensures that new plants keep growing. If a stalk is felled, the entire plant does not die, as is the case with most tree species, for example.
Another advantage of the widely branched and dense root system is that it erosion stops.
More and more bamboo is being cultivated in Ethiopia to stop the encroachment of the desert. This not only leads to a positive development of the environment, but also creates jobs.
Since bamboo is very robust, the Cultivation very easy. Neither the use of pesticides nor fertilizers is necessary. The bamboo can also do without artificial irrigation.
The properties of bamboo are unique. The material is not only very dense, but also flexible and durable. This allows durable and robust products to be manufactured.
The cultivation of bamboo has not yet been industrialized and is mainly used by smallholder structures carried. Compared to the mass production of other products such as coffee or cotton, the bamboo industry is still environmentally and socially responsible.
Even though bamboo grows almost all over the world, that is main export country still China. As a result, the transport routes to Europe are of course correspondingly long, which leads to high emissions of greenhouse gases.
part of our everyday life
Bamboo is always more than substitute for plastic traded in our everyday life. Depending on the use, different types of bamboo are processed.
From toothbrushes to clothing to packaging materials, bamboo is increasingly being used as a material instead of plastic. Furniture and even bicycle frames are also trendy in bamboo versions.
Since the products are more durable than the single-use plastic items, by buying bamboo products you can Reduce waste in your household and thus do your part to make huge mountains of garbage and floating islands of garbage in the oceans a thing of the past.
All that glitters is not bamboo
As nice as all this sounds, when buying bamboo products it is still be careful.
Bamboo tableware is not always made from 100 percent bamboo. Often will artificial melamine resin or other plastics are added to make the crockery unbreakable. These substances can be released from the dishes at temperatures above 70 degrees.
It is also worth taking a look at the label of clothing before you buy something.
Since the bamboo industry is still in its infancy, there are so far hardly any seals or established certificationswho can ensure regular checks and safety.
Theoretically, bamboo is already recyclable, but in practice it causes disturbances in larger quantities in composting plants. Now, before we start a basic discussion of what a "larger amount" is, let's just agree on bamboo over the residual waste dispose. 😉
Sustainable or not? That is the question
Bamboo is already due to its growth speed and robustness consistent. There is nothing to shake. The plant offers a lot of potential due to high yields at comparatively high yields low environmental impact.
Bamboo is also a serious alternative to plastic due to its unique material properties.
Due to the lack of certification, it is still important that when buying bamboo products you make sure that the product is really made of 100 percent bamboo.
The best for last
Writing about bamboo and not a single picture of one Panda? Of course that doesn't work! So here's a little bang on panda cuteness for you: