Bamboo is the most sustainable plant in the world. So why don’t we use it more?
We constantly opt for products that are damaging our environment and made from harmful resources simply because they are convenient. In the UK alone, we go through 8.5 billion plastic straws a year. That’s 130 straws per person with the average life span of a straw being just 20 minutes.
Each straw then takes 500 years to decompose. That means the straw you just chucked away won’t degrade until your grandchildren’s grandchildren have grandchildren who then have grandchildren who have grandchildren who have grandchildren who have grandchildren have grandchildren.
That’s over 16 generations for 20 minutes of use.
But that’s just scratching the surface. This problem is worldwide. In America 500 million straws are used on a daily basis. To put that into perspective, that’s 125 school buses filled to the brim with plastic straws every day and 46,400 school buses each year. This toxic utensil is used at a rate of 1.6 straws per American every single day.
That’s why we’re here.
We recognise that this epidemic needs tackling and what better way to do that then with the strongest and fastest growing plant in the world. Bamboo has the ability to grow up to a metre every day and only requires rain water to grow. No toxic chemicals are needed to help this plant thrive meaning you’ll see no pesticides or fertilisers anywhere around.
Bamboo is cut as a grass and not uprooted therefore not upsetting the soil and has the ability to grow on slopes unlike many other crops.
It’s the top dog of natural resources.
In Chinese culture the bamboo (zhú 竹) is admired for is perseverance under harsh conditions and along with the pine (sōng 松), and the plum blossom (méi 梅) they are known as the ‘Three Friends of Winter.’
Bamboo is also recognised for its long life which resulted in it being the Chinese symbol of uprightness and the Indian symbol of friendship.