Having a vast growing 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 of the toxic gasses. Tree overage has decreased from 35 percent to a mere 3 percent in the last decade. By using products made from bamboo rather than hardwood, you can make a difference. Continue reading, see the various uses of bamboo and save the planet, one tree at a time.
To provide the earth a tiny break, begin using alternatives such as plastic toothpicks or go digital to conserve paper. However, I will not tell you to stop braaiing, because it is what we do!
Did you know that 70 hectares of bamboo could produce enough material to build 1000 houses?
Bamboo doesn’t need pesticides or herbicides to grow. Similar to grass, bamboo grows from its origins 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.
Listed below are a list of things bamboo is used for, so the next time you go shopping, try to Consider alternative products made from bamboo rather than trees;
Domestic and home uses
Kitchenware and utensils
Craft beautiful furniture out of bamboo
Employed in various cosmetic products and deodorants
Bamboo sprouts can be helpful in treating ulcers and wounds
Bamboo infusion is used to treat various inflammations
The leaves and roots are used for treating venereal diseases
Used to treat infantile epilepsy
Building materials used in construction
Used to reinforce roads and bridges
Used as eco friendly and more cost-effective scaffolding
Bamboo stalks are used to create fences, roofs and roof tiles
Clothing and accessories
Bamboo makes a strong and durable fabric with a long-lasting antibacterial quality and can be therefore used to make clothing in addition to 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
Crafting musical instruments
Bamboo roots enrich the soil by drawing heavy metals from the floor
The roots holds the soil together and brings the water nearer to the surface which can benefit other neighboring plants
Bamboo is planted on steep slopes or riverbanks to help prevent erosion and mudslides