Bamboo is a perennial evergreen plant that is actually classified as grass, there are more than 1,400 different species of bamboo in existence. Bamboo is fast-growing and low maintenance to farm, as it requires very little water and thrives without any chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
An environmental benefit of bamboo is its ability to absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Bamboo can produce up to 35% more oxygen when compared to a similar tree mass and absorb up to 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide per hectare, per year.
Bamboo is also fast-growing, with a rate of up to 3 feet per day, depending on the variety. This is much faster than trees, which means some types of bamboo can be harvested in months (or a few years), while most trees can take anywhere from 30-50 years. When harvested, it will grow a new shoot as a result of its extensive root system. Farming bamboo retains the natural soil quality and prevents erosion without the need for excess fertilizers.
Bamboo fibres are also naturally anti-bacterial without the addition of any toxic chemical treatments. This property, called bamboo kun, is an antimicrobial bio-agent that gives it the natural ability to repel most bacteria, fungi, bugs and pests.
Bamboo is extremely versatile, given its considerable strength. It has been used to construct homes, schools, bridges, and scaffolding in addition to its use in manufacturing clothing, paper products, tableware products, diapers, and furniture.
Bamboo is considered the Wonder "Wood". The flexibility of bamboo allows it to be made into an incredible amount of products, like Greenlid plates, bowls, and cups. Bamboo is fully compostable and biodegradable - which makes it an ideal and sustainable choice!