Bamboo is one of most environmentally friendly building materials on Earth. With the tensile strength of steel, it is also one of the strongest. Bamboo is not wood, but it is actually a type of grass. Therefore, when bamboo matures, it can be cut down and it quickly grows back. Bamboo is usually less expensive than wood and there is a huge variety of bamboo products for the home for you to choose from. Bamboo products do not require chemicals to grow, or even to cure, so you can avoid coming in contact with at lot of the chemicals that you normally would using things that are not bamboo. Read more to discover the many benefits of using bamboo products in your home.
Indoor Air Quality
Our homes are full of pollutants. Gases and particles are constantly released into the air by our furniture, building materials, carpet, particle board products, paints and varnishes, heating and cooling systems, pesticides and more. Bamboo, when used as a building material, is only treated with natural borates to help it resist mold and mildew. Bamboo furniture and other home products are usually not treated or even varnished, because heating the bamboo darkens the color and cures the sugars inside to create a shiny, hard finish. Using bamboo products whenever possible will help you to reduce your exposure to adhesives, polymer materials, and more.
How Does Bamboo Compare to Wood?
Bamboo is incredibly strong and flexible. It has the tensile strength of steel and the compression strength of concrete. Its flexibility makes it preferable as a building material because it can withstand tornadoes, hurricanes, and high winds. Wood breaks instead of bends, so it naturally will not survive these types of things. Bamboo naturally repels pests, such as termites, so using it over wood can help you to avoid future exposure to pesticide chemicals as well.
Bamboo Is Good for the Earth
Growing environmental awareness has helped to bring more bamboo products than ever to the marketplace. Bamboo spreads and grows up to four feet in a single day in some cases, without any chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides. Trees can take up to fifty years to mature, where a forest of bamboo only takes seven. Bamboo puts nutrients into the soil instead of taking them out. A batch of bamboo puts 35% more oxygen into the air than the same sized batch of trees. Bamboo yields twenty times more timber than trees grown in the same area.
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