Bamboo has been used in various ways for thousands of years in the East. This highly regarded and useful “secret” of the eastern cultures has recently made its way around the world. As the western world’s resources diminish and threaten to impact its way of life, the search is on for other sources and solutions. Bamboo’s versatility and its potential as a renewable resource has attracted the attention of an astonishing number of industries. Many people have commented that the list of things not able to be made out of bamboo is actually shorter than the list of products it can be made into.
- Bamboo is a grass, not a tree, though it can grow up to 40m tall.
- Bamboo is a self-regenerating, fast-growing resource.
- Bamboo is native to five continents: Africa, Asia, South America, North America and Australia. Coincidentally, these same five continents also are the five continents which have diamonds.
- Approximately 100 bamboo species are used for commercial production and some of those are also grown in nurseries for landscaping purposes.
- Bamboos can tolerate extreme conditions that most plants can’t. Some species can grow from sea level to up to 4,000 m in the Andes and Himalayas, withstanding temperatures well below -20°C.
- Bamboo, as a flooring material, scores higher on the Janka Hardness Scale than white oak, ash or hard maple.
Ten Surprising Products Made From Bamboo:
It is now quite common to have bamboo floors, bamboo kitchen and bathroom products, and bamboo furniture, but here are ten surprising products also made from bamboo.
- Charcoal that can be made into air-fresheners and beauty products
- Record player needles
- Sugar (as in sugar cane) and bamboo shoots, a food delicacy
- Bed sheets and towels
- Clothing: all manner of clothing including leggings and tights
- Motorcycle helmets
While there are many products made from bamboo, Lucky Bamboo is not actually a bamboo. This popular Feng Shui plant that became widely sold in the North American market in the 1990s, is actually Dracaena Sanderiana. It also has many other common names associated with it: Ribbon Dracaena, Ribbon Plant, Belgian Evergreen, Chinese Water Bamboo, Friendship Bamboo and Water Bamboo. Despite looking like bamboo, it is definitely not bamboo. You however can decide whether it is lucky or not.