The Beauty of Bamboo
Here at Harley & Lola we are always looking to source environmentally friendly and sustainable products. We recently added the fabulous Kyoto bamboo tableware range. It comes in a range of funky colours which are sure to add a touch of style to any table setting.
Check out the full Kyoto range here.
So what exactly makes bamboo so sustainable? Our good friends over at CarbonClix recently wrote a blog about the Bamboo and have kindly shared this article with us.
Over the past couple of years it has become one of the most versatile products that we have. Nowadays more and more products are being made from bamboo, it is not just the versatility that makes this a highly desired material either. It is also the fact that growing Bamboo actually helps to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. With no pesticides or chemical fertilizers needed for growth, this is one eco-friendly crop.
Bamboo as a material provides a completely closed loop system. Every part of the plant can be used, and is practical to do so. It is also 100% biodegradable meaning it has a minimal environmental impact.
If water is the life-blood of the earth, bamboo ought to be considered its’ lungs. The carbon sequestration properties of bamboo far exceeds that of any other species, due partly to its’ abundance, but also to its’ fast growth. With the increased use of bamboo as a material, more carbon is trapped (more oxygen made), effectively helping clean the air of pollution and toxins.
Bamboo is also extremely versatile in its uses; it is used in drinks, construction and obviously furniture and home wares.
Bamboo has long been used in Asia for cooking utensils, home wares and furniture and this is now catching on in the rest of the world. It is durable, lightweight and flexible making it an ideal product to work with.
Bamboo is actually quite flavoursome. As a result it has been used as a key ingredient for a number of different drinks. If you head on over to Canada then you will find that there are a number of beers available on the market, which have Bamboo as one of their main ingredients. This beer is starting to gain popularity around the world. For those who are not into their alcohol you will be pleased to know that a fairly decent tea can be made from bamboo leaves. It has a very unique taste but it boasts a plethora of health benefits.
As you may know, in recent years there has been a massive drive towards getting people to use renewable shopping bags. This was in part down to the fact that our landfills and streets were being filled up with plastic shopping bags, which would stick around for years. Now, there are plenty of options out there for renewable bags. Bamboo bags are one of the leaders though. These bags are incredibly durable, and of course come from a highly sustainable source.
Bamboo is even fantastic as a construction material. A number of companies around the world have started to produce bikes, which boast a bamboo frame. Again, they are highly durable. They look suave too. There is one manufacturer in London, which prides itself on its ability to help people construct their own bikes from bamboo.
If you are into your tech then you will find a number of computer keyboards on the market have also been built from bamboo. Not only are they durable and look good, but they are actually quite cheap too! A number of people who are using computers all hours of the day have started to invest in these comfortable keyboards.
As you can see, bamboo is a highly versatile material. It seems the possibilities of using this as a construction material are virtually endless.