Uses for Bamboo

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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

Office use

Medicinal healing

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 material

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

Food preservative

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