The Many Uses of Bamboo
Bamboo is one of nature’s most versatile materials. Humans have used it for millennia for all kinds of purposes. Homes, roads, clothes and even beer are all made with bamboo, and it’s becoming more and more important in the fight to build a sustainable world.
We love bamboo at EcoVibe. That’s why we want to show off its many uses to you. So, here goes:.
Roads and Bridges
Bamboo might be light but it’s incredibly strong. Bamboo roads and bridges support traffic throughout rural China and South-east Asia. They can even sustain 16-tonne trucks. Not bad for a type of grass…
The art of bamboo craftwork goes back centuries. Though mostly confined to areas bamboo grows, bamboo furniture can be found in many UK homes – being a great material for making wicker, for instance. Have a look at the video to see how a bamboo chair is made.
Replacing barley with bamboo produces a tasty beer that has added health-giving properties (when taken in moderation, of course). It’s incredibly refreshing, too!
Just as soft (if not softer than) cotton and better for the environment than disposables, bamboo nappies are the ethical parent’s perfect choice. They’re totally free from harmful chemicals, cruelty-free and designed to prevent nappy-rash.
Bamboo fibre is used to make super soft bedding. It’s hypoallergenic and perfect for sensitive skin when combined with sensitive detergent.
Medicine is made from the young shoots of bamboo plants to treat asthma, bladder complaints and coughs. A traditional form of medicine practiced in China for hundreds of years, it is championed by believers in herbal remedies.
Bamboo shoots are eaten throughout Asia. They have a sweet taste when harvested early and can be pickled to make a delicious extra ingredient to a sandwich. They’re sought after for their natural anti-oxidant properties. You might have eaten them before without realising!
The bamboo flute is a staple of Chinese folk music. It’s also an important religious symbol in Hinduism. Krishna, the Hindu god of love, is often depicted playing one.
Its use in road and bridge building shows the strength of bamboo. A crash helmet really puts it to the test. Stylish, strong and sustainable – the bamboo crash helmet is becoming increasingly popular among eco-conscious cyclists.