One of the most useful plants in the world is bamboo.
Bamboo is not just one plant, but a family of plants that are extraordinary.
Technically a grass, not a tree, some bamboo plants can grow 36 inches per day! That’s over 1.5 inches per hour. That gives new meaning to watching grass grow. Giant bamboos are the largest members of the grass family.
Bamboo also grows in a column instead of tapering like trees. The top of the main stalk is the same diameter as the bottom.
Bamboo is used for everything from food to housing to clothing.
Culinary – Bamboo shoots are harvested and prepared as food in most of Asia. In Nepal, they are fermented in oil and turmeric or sometimes pickled. The sap is tapped during the rainy season and made into a sweet wine or a soft drink. In Indonesia, they are sliced thinly and boiled in coconut milk and spices.
The hollow of the bamboo is used in many cultures to cook in.
Fuel – Bamboo has been burned to heat and cook with for thousands of years in China and Japan. There are companies exploring the use of bamboo as a biofuel to power the world’s internal and external combustion engines.
Construction – Bamboo has a tensile strength that rivals steel and one of the world highest strength-to-weight ratio. Throughout Asia, bamboo is used to build homes. The beams and joists are made from large piece of bamboo. The walls and roof are made from small pieces placed close together.
In Asia, bamboo is a standard material for scaffolding for those working in high places. Its strength and flexibility make it perfect for supporting people, especially in areas of high winds or vehicle traffic that shakes the ground.
Clothing – Using a process that breaks down the fibers of bamboo, textile manufacturers create everything from pants to towels from bamboo. The eco-friendly nature of the plant makes it a favorite of those who would like to have a positive impact on the planet while still having soft clothes to wear or clean up with.
Furniture – Because bamboo is so light and yet so strong, it’s ideal for furniture. It’s used to frame pieces of furniture or split and glued together to make flat surfaces. The resulting furniture can be painted or stained. Many pieces are sealed to protect the bamboo from water but left in its natural state.
Paper – While the most paper is made from wood pulp, for over 1,000 years, bamboo fibers have been used to make paper. There was also a period where bamboo slips, pieces of bamboo strips, were used in bound books. This fell out of favor to paper which is much more compact and lighter.
Bamboo is one of the world’s most versatile plants. Among its uses is the Sayhamora 100% Organic Baby Towel. It’s soft, absorbent, and grow with the earth and baby in mind.