In this age of green shopping, more consumers are looking for products that preserve the earth's resources instead of contributing to depletion or pollution.
Bamboo has a lot going for it in the green world. It can be used in products such as flooring, clothing and paper and it can help preserve hardwood forests.
With high sustainability and environmentally sound origins, bamboo floor coverings have become the ideal choice for those looking to adorn their homes with the beauty of a hardwood flooring while considering environmental issues. They are increasingly choosing a bamboo floor in place of traditional hardwood.
Floor retailers have been quick to catch on to the consumer lean towards greener products. Many now offer high-quality bamboo floors in various styles and colors. It's easy to color coordinate the floor with the color scheme in your home or office.
Bamboo is also used to make dishes, sheets, towels, rugs, baskets, window shades and bath mats.
One of its greatest strengths is that it is a renewable resource. Plants can produce several crops a year. They grow rapidly in a wide range of climates and are considered ecofriendly because they are naturally pest resistant. They don't require the use of pesticides. They require little water and can grow as much as a foot in one day.
Bamboo is often blended with organic cotton to make underwear, T-shirts and other articles of clothing. Fabrics made with it are said to have a silky texture and are biodegradable.
Another factor in bamboo’s favor is its contribution to reducing global warming. Bamboo’s canopy releases 35 percent more oxygen than a comparable group of hardwood trees.
There are drawbacks to the use of bamboo. For one thing, while easy to grow, it is nearly impossible to stop. Some say nothing short of a herd of hungry pandas will keep it out of your neighbor's yard.