Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on Earth. Also touted as one of the greatest renewable resources available, bamboo can grow at a rate of up to three feet per day without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers.
This iconic, woody grass used can make a great decorative houseplant in commercial spaces and homes, but most of us aren’t aware just how versatile it really is. In fact, you might be surprised to find out that bamboo can actually be used to make hundreds of different products.
Here are just seven different types of products you didn’t know could be made out of bamboo.
You can get everything from shirts and sweaters to pants and dresses made from bamboo. These clothing items look and feel just like other high-quality items made from less sustainable materials, offering a noticeably soft and comfortable fit. Bamboo clothing also requires no special treatment—designed to last long and be easy to care for, just like regular clothing.
Toilet paper is one paper product that most of us can’t really give up. If we all switched to using toilet paper made from bamboo, we would all make a hugely positive impact on deforestation while reducing paper consumption overall. Bamboo toilet paper is also a strong, soft, cool, naturally antibacterial alternative that biodegrades at a faster rate than competing paper materials.
Something between 850 million and one billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown out every year in the United States alone, remaining in our environment indefinitely due to their non-biodegradable materials. Toothbrushes made out of bamboo not only work just as well as any other dental-grade brush, but also allow you to rest easy knowing it will biodegrade fast and easily once it’s time to toss out.
Bamboo is a surprisingly strong and durable material that can be used to make a variety of sporting goods (and make them look pretty cool, too). Look for bicycles, skateboards, surfboards, snowboards, inline skates, ski poles, baseball bats, fishing rods, golf tees, polo balls, and helmets made from bamboo.
Electronics & Accessories
It isn’t any fun to think about all the electronic waste we now produce in the midst of the information age where everyone is connected and old technology is fast replaced with something new and updated. Electronic devices and accessories made with bamboo can help keep harmful electronic waste out of our landfills. Smartphone cases, computer mice, keyboards, headphones, speakers, and even laptops made of bamboo are not only better for the planet, but look pretty snazzy too.
Beer & Wine
Bamboo is an edible plant that is used in some alcoholic beverages. Bambusa beer is one such example. The extract from the plant is obtained, distilled, and applied in the part of the beer fermentation with two hops, yeast, and wheat malt. The result is an Ale beer that has a refreshingly spicy yet fruity taste.
Last but not least, we couldn’t forget mentioning one item that us yogis use so regularly—our mats! There are all sorts of high-quality yoga mat manufacturers out there that offer PVC-free, environmentally friendly mats made from sustainable materials like bamboo as well as natural rubber, jute, hemp, and cotton.