Bamboo: Practical and Sustainable
03.28.12 Bamboo: Practical and Sustainable
Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on Earth, growing as quickly as 39 inches in a day. It also doesn't need replanting, grows without fertilizers or pesticides and is harvested from controlled stands with an astounding growth cycle of three to five years. It is a centuries old material that has been and continues to be used by over half the world’s population for the purpose of food, shelter, fuel and clothing. Bamboo is a vital non-timber, non-petroleum resource. With a tensile strength superior to steel, it is one of the most versatile and durable natural resources in the world.
Renewable materials are defined as substances derived from trees, plants or ecosystems which have the ability to regenerate themselves. Only when natural resources are managed and processed responsibly can renewable materials claim to be sustainable.
Bambu cutting boards are made by hand, by local collectives in China and Vietnam. Elegant in design, functional in the kitchen and durable as a serving board. Bamboo is lighter than most other woods used for cutting boards, less porous, and harder. Naturally anti-microbial and non-absorbent which means that onions aren't soaked into the surface! The boards also have carved indentations (underneath on sides of the board) that make it easy to carry, without compromising the design. Made from a naturally safe material, Bambu uses only Certified organically grown bamboo where no chemicals or pesticides are used. The boards are finished with a natural food safe oil and can be cared for with a non-toxic cleaner/preserver for long term use. The bamboo boards are assembled using a water-based formaldehyde-free adhesive.
Bamboo is proven to have anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-pest, and anti-mold characteristics. When it comes to our health, these benefits are incredibly useful, especially for younger children with developing bodies. People with allergies also benefit from using bamboo as it is very easy to keep clean and dry.
While bamboo products are very easy to maintain, it is advised to hand wash with warm soapy water and avoid prolonged soaking. Occasionally, the use of bamboo goo, a rejuvenating and nourishing cream for your bamboo will extend it's life and help to maintain the beautiful appearance.
Do you use bamboo in your home?