Awesome Bamboo uses

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With a vast increasing population, the demand for new housing and consumables is decreasing Africa’s forests. Trees are vital for our world’s survival especially for cleansing the air and our environment from all of the toxic gasses. Tree overage has decreased from 35% to a mere 3% in the previous decade. By using products made from bamboo rather than hardwood, you can make a difference. Read on, see the numerous uses of bamboo and save the planet, one tree at a time.

To give the earth a bit of a break, start using alternatives like plastic toothpicks or go digital to conserve paper. However, I will not tell you to quit braaiing, since it is what we do!

Bamboo does not need pesticides or herbicides to grow. Very similar to grass, bamboo grows from its roots and, unlike hardwood trees, it grows back after it has been cut and can be harvested annually thereafter.

Here are a list of things bamboo is used for, so the next time you go shopping, try to look out for alternative products made from bamboo instead of trees;

Kitchenware and utensils

Craft beautiful furniture out of bamboo

Used in various cosmetic products and deodorants

Office use

Bamboo provides high quality pulp used for making paper

Medicinal healing

Bamboo sprouts can be helpful in treating wounds and ulcers

Bamboo extract is used to treat various inflammations

The leaves and roots are used for treating venereal diseases

Used as an abortifacient for kidney diseases

Building material

Building materials used in construction

Used to reinforce bridges and roads

Employed as eco-friendly and more cost-effective scaffolding

Bamboo stalks are used to create fences, roofs and roof tiles

Food preservative

Clothing and accessories

Bamboo makes a strong and durable fabric with a durable antibacterial quality and can be therefore used to make clothing in addition to rugs.

Tools and equipment

Bamboo is used in making weapons as well as handicrafts

The stalks of bamboo are used to weave strong and durable baskets

Crafting musical instruments

Farming

Bamboo roots enrich the soil by drawing heavy metals from the ground

The roots holds the soil together and brings the water closer to the surface which can benefit other nearby plants

Bamboo is planted on steep slopes or riverbanks to help prevent erosion and mudslides

Bamboo shoots are planted as boundary markers to help encourage banana trees

Charcoal is made from the pyroligneous acid extracted from the bamboo which is then used in insecticides

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