It may sound a little out there, but yes, a wood material is a more sustainable option. Bamboo wood is a more sustainable material for many reasons. When you think of chopping down wood or trees in general, you don’t jump to that conclusion. However, below are presented five reasons why products made out of bamboo are more sustainable.
What are the most common materials for furniture?
Wood: Obviously, wood is the most popular material used for furniture and has been the most popular material in manufacturing for centuries and recently, bamboo wood has skyrocketed in popularity.
Cane: Cane has also been used for centuries in furniture making. It has become fairly less popular in modern uses, but it is still very usable.
MDF: MDF is very budget friendly item used more specifically in modern homes. It is definitely not as strong as wood, but it has grown in popularity in today’s market.
Glass: Glass is another affordable option, but few furniture items can successfully be made of glass. Some examples could be tables and desk tops made of glass.
Acryl: Acryl is a cheaper glass option, as it generally looks like glass and sometimes is more durable.
Steel: Steel and other metals are very popular among more modern decors. They generally make very durable and functional pieces.
Plastic: Plastic is the most cost-effective option. Best for outdoor furniture, this is a fairly versatile material.
The one thing the majority of these materials have in common is their impact on the environment and sustainability.
Why is Bamboo More Sustainable?
- Fast Growing
Bamboo is over all an incredibly sustainable plant. It grows to full size in as little as three to four months compared to the run of the mill tree, which can sometimes take more than thirty years to grow to full size. In the right weather conditions and climate, bamboo can grow to three feet tall in as short of a time period as 24 hours. This means, if you’d like, you could literally sit and watch Bamboo grow without the magic of a time lapse video. This ability to grow so quickly and renew itself so fast is a big reason why it is sustainable. On another positive note, bamboo does not require chemicals or pesticides when being harvested.
- Durable, Strong and Light weight
Bamboo has actually been nick named the new “green steel” because of how versatile and strong it is when utilized in construction. Entire homes have actually been built with this one plant. Because Bamboo is incredibly light weight it is very surprising to some people that it is so strong and has such a long-life span. It is easy to transport and carry around due to its light weight, making it easier to gather and utilize to build furniture or even homes. Plus, when taken care of properly, bamboo can be used over and over again without deteriorating.
This is one of the more surprising facts about bamboo. Bamboo has naturally anti-bacterial fibers. You read that correctly. Without any toxic chemicals or treatments, bamboo can hold onto this anti-bacterial fiber, known as “Bamboo Kun.” Bamboo Kun is found inside the bamboo fibers that hold these anti-bacterial properties. It is an antimicrobial bio-agent. This prevents bacteria and microbes from forming within Bamboo products. This means that outside of furniture and flooring, bamboo makes for amazing reusable cutlery.
- Bamboo is Environmentally Friendly
On top of all these amazing qualities bamboo provides when harvested, bamboo forests themselves serve a wonderful purpose for the environment. Bamboo forests are highly efficient at storing carbon. Bamboo has the ability to absorb over two times more carbon dioxide than regular trees. This has even led them to be nick-named “carbon sinks.” They also generate a huge amount of oxygen into our planet which adds up to over thirty percent more than most trees and plants.
Bamboo also has strong roots which helps the soil it grows in become more secure and stable. This means that the land bamboo grows on becomes more stable and restored, even preventing landslides in areas that are prone if bamboo is planted.
Bamboo can also help protect endangered species and overall biodiversity. Bamboo forests have been known to protect and even save certain species that live within bamboo forests, by providing them shelter and food.
Bamboo wood flooring has become a trendy design focus for homes and sustainability and environmental awareness is also becoming a trendy quality. Hardwood flooring benefits builders and designers in allowing them to keep their carbon footprint at the forefront of their minds when working on larger projects. Research from the Environmental Protection Agency also shows that bamboo wood flooring can improve the general air quality in the home. This is partially due to the fact that hardwood floors are hypoallergenic compared to carpet. Carpet absorbs dust, mold, animal dander, among many other substances that cannot be sucked out with a vacuum, but with wood floors, all of these items are easily cleaned up. Other flooring options can end up using harsh glues or adhesive that can have a negative effect on the air quality within the home as well.
Bamboo wood is one of the most earth-friendly and renewable materials you can choose from. Bamboo wood requires less energy than natural sources and even requires fewer materials in creation. Eco-friendly materials are very trendy nowadays and bamboo is one of the more popular types of sustainable wood materials.
There is also a lot of bamboo wood out there that is ready and waiting to be repurposed and reused. Using reclaimed wood for building materials of furniture and homes is a way to increase the sustainability of your building process by minimizing waste and the carbon footprint associated with the usual manufacturing process. Reclaimed wood comes in all forms, different shapes sizes and colors. This allows you to get the style that best suits your desires and your home.
Bamboo is one of the few wood options that can be used multiple times. Hardwood can be re-stained and sanded to match almost any color scheme in a design plan. Otherwise, if the wood is too damaged and old to be used in circumstances that require a sturdier foundation, there are a multitude of ways to recycle bamboo wood for other projects such as accent walls, decorative features on a home, etc.