What is Bamboo?

What is Bamboo? Believe it or not, Bamboo is actually a grass. It often gets thought of as a plant or tree, but it is part of the Poaceae grass family. 

Bamboo is unique as it is the largest grass and the only one that can diversify into a forest. Once fully grown, some of the larger species can look like trees with a wood like trunk, but they grow much faster and are much more sustainable than hardwood trees.

There are over 1660 different species of bamboo, which grow in many different regions including Asia, South America and Africa.

  • It is one of the fastest growing grasses on the planet. Some species can even grow up to 90cm per day!
  • It has incredible tensile strength, compared to steel, which is why it is used for a lot of construction and building products.
  • The amazing grass is a highly renewable resource. Once it has been harvested the root will continue to grow without the need for re-planting
  • Also, bamboo absorbs up to 3 times more carbon dioxide than trees and releases approximately 35% more oxygen. 

 We often see Bamboo in our modern world in the following products

  • Flooring - It has greater durability, hardness, and water resistance than hardwoods
  • Worktops - With proper care and maintenance, bamboo countertops can last you a lifetime
  • Furniture - Bamboo is a great choice for furniture as it is water-repellant, resistant to insects and moisture and often lightweight.
  • Kitchenware such as utensils, chopping boards, cutlery, chopsticks - It doesn't scratch your cooking surfaces; it is heat-resistant and anti-microbial
  • Sports equipment such as skateboards, snowboards and some bike frames - Bamboo offer a lighter weight base for sports equipment whilst not sacrificing and strength or durability
  • Bathroom necessities such as towels, toothbrushes, hairbrushes and the stems for cotton buds - Toothbrushes and hairbrushes made from Bamboo can offer softer bristles compares to plastics
  • Mobile phone protective cases - Bamboo is an extremely strong material, helping out with drop protection.
  • Re-usable items like coffee cups, flasks, drinking straws, plates, and bowls - Not only are you using a more environmentally friendly and recyclable material, these a re-useable.
  • Items of clothing like t-shirts, underwear and socks - Fabrics made using bamboo offer excellent ventilation thanks to the microscopic holes in bamboo fibres.
  • Toilet paper and kitchen towel - Bamboo is one of the most absorbent natural substances. They never scratch and never leave any lint or residue.
  • Coffee filters and tea - Bamboo coffee filters allow brewed coffee to drip faster
  • Musical instruments - Bamboo is one of the most widely used materials in musical instruments

What we use Bamboo for


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