1,000 uses for Bamboo

Among the many uses of bamboo…

The magic of bamboo is not limited to zen-like gardens. Bamboo may be the greatest single plant in the world for “preppers” and gardeners alike. Bamboo fencing, bamboo screens, bamboo as food, bamboo splints, bamboo floors, bamboo sheets, bamboo clothing, bamboo housing; the list of bamboo uses is literally endless. Here are some noteworthy uses of bamboo you may not be aware of.

Bamboo in Houses, schools, buildings

According to UNESCO, 70 hectares of bamboo produces enough material to build 1000 houses. If timber was used instead, it would require the felling of trees from an already diminishing forest. Bamboo reaches full maturity in 1-5 years. Today, over one billion people in the world live in bamboo houses.

Bamboo Roads and bridges

It is being used in road reinforcements in India and it is also used in bridges, capable of supporting trucks that weigh as much as 16 tons.

Bamboo Medicines

In China, ingredients from the black bamboo shoot help treat kidney diseases. Roots and leaves have also been used to treat venereal diseases and cancer. According to reports in a small village in Indonesia, water from the culm (the side branches) is used effectively to treat diseases of the bone.

Bamboo Clothes

It’s the new hemp, it can be made into a strong and durable fabric a bit like canvas and can be made into all sorts of clothes. Additionally, bamboo fabric is breathable, thermal regulating, wicks moisture better than polyester performance fabrics, resists odor and is absorbent and fast drying, keeping you dryer and more comfortable than cotton or polyester fabrics. Beware though: bamboo is also made into Rayon in a chemical process that is unsustainable.

Bamboo Accessories

Bamboo is used to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other types of jewelry.

Edible Bamboo as Food

Shoots are used mainly in Asian food preparations. In Japan, it’s thought the antioxidant properties of the bamboo skin prevent bacterial growth, and are used as natural food preservatives.

Bamboo as Fuel

Charcoal made from this amazing plant has been used for centuries as cooking fuel. Bamboo vinegar or pyroligneous acid is extracted when making charcoal and is used for hundreds of treatments in almost all fields. This liquid contains 400 different chemical compounds and can be applied for many purposes including cosmetics, insecticides, deodorants, food processing, and agriculture.

Bamboo Scaffolding

It is often used for scaffolding because it proves to be an eco-friendly and cost-effective resource. In Hong Kong, bamboo scaffolding is preferred over metal scaffolding because its easily available and cheaper.

Bamboo Furniture

Beautiful and intricately crafted beds, chairs and tables are made from bamboo.

Bamboo Rugs and textiles

Exotic woods like the mango are often used in Oriental rugs. Buying a bamboo rug will ensure that you save a tree.

Bamboo Paper

Bamboo pulps are used in printing and writing papers.

Bamboo Napkins

According to Japanese scientists, bamboo cloth can retain its antibacterial quality even after 50 washings.

Bamboo Utensils and tableware

Cups and saucers, spoons and ladles, chopsticks, utility sporks (have one, love it) can all be made from this incredibly versatile material.

The list of bamboo’s uses is endless…

Musical instruments, fishing rods, bicycles, helmets, toys, feed animals and people, splints, screening, fencing, fountains, pipes, scaffolding, moisture wicking clothing…

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