Updated: May 15, 2020
Bamboo is often labeled the world’s most renewable material. It is the fastest growing 'woody' plant in the world, that grows without the use of pesticides and fertilisers. This means that there is less chance of any harm to insects, animals or the soil. Further, the plant self-regenerates from its own roots, so it doesn't need to be replanted.
A few examples of bamboo-made household products that can be brought to use are:
1. Toothbrushes and Straws
More than a billion plastic brushes and straws are thrown away globally, every year. Due to the longevity of plastic, these brushes either make their way to the oceans or get buried in the soil and release micro-plastics, causing irreversible pollution to the natural resources. Bamboo-made brushes, on the other hand, are biodegradable, which means it decomposes within 3 years, as opposed to plastic that can last for over 100 years.
2. Kitchenware like bowls, cups, plates and cutlery sets.
3. Tissues and Toilet paper
4. Floorings & Furniture
5. Accessories for decór
6. Pet Collars
In addition, planting bamboo can regenerate top-soil, when it's nutrient-rich leaves fall off and decompose.. When the soil has been damaged as a result of pollution or even poor farming practices, it can become infertile or even diseased. Bamboo is one of the few plants that can grow in these areas. It removes toxins (i.e. mercury, lead) from the soil and traps them inside its stalk where they pose no danger to humans.
Further, a study from Dr. Keith Laidler, the Director of the Panda-trust, UK, suggests that building bamboo corridors can help stabilise the earth's atmosphere, primarily due to its abilities of absorbing large quantities of carbon dioxide, while producing 35% more oxygen than any other plant. (You can read the full article here)