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% to a mere 3 percent in the previous decade. By using products made from bamboo rather than hardwood, you can make a difference. Read on, see the numerous applications of bamboo and save the planet, one tree at a time.
Nothing can beat the look, feel and smell of wood, but let’s face it, if the need of timber doesn’t decrease, the cutting down of trees wouldn’t either. To give the earth a bit of a break, begin using alternatives like plastic toothpicks or go digital to save paper. However, I will not tell you to quit braaiing, because it’s what we do!
Did you know that 70 hectares of bamboo could produce enough material to build 1000 houses?
Bamboo does not need pesticides or herbicides to grow. Very similar to grass, bamboo grows from its roots and, unlike hardwood trees, it grows back after it’s been cut and can be harvested annually thereafter. Bamboo grows much faster than trees and takes between three to six years to grow.
Listed below are a list of things bamboo is used for, so the next time you go shopping, try to look out for alternative products made from bamboo rather than trees;
Functional Uses of Bamboo
Kitchenware and utensils
Craft beautiful furniture out of bamboo
Bamboo provides high quality pulp used for making paper
Pen, USB casings and various other stationary items are made from bamboo
Bamboo sprouts can be helpful in treating wounds and ulcers
Bamboo extract is used to treat various inflammations
The roots and leaves 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 make fences, roofs and roof tiles
Used in food as a natural food preservative since the bamboo skin prevents bacteria from growing.
Clothing and accessories
Bamboo makes a strong and durable fabric with a durable antibacterial quality and is therefore used to make clothing in addition to rugs.
Made into accessories such as necklaces, earrings and other types of jewelry
Tools and equipment
Bamboo is used in making weapons along with handicrafts
Crafting musical instruments
Bamboo roots enrich the soil by drawing heavy metals from the floor
The roots holds the soil together and draws the water nearer to the surface that can benefit other nearby plants
Bamboo shoots are planted as boundary markers to help encourage banana trees
Charcoal is made from the pyroligneous acid extracted from the bamboo which is then used in insecticides