This entry was posted on July 28, 2016.
In ancient China, bamboo had a multitude of uses. For example, bamboo shoots were a common food source and building material for homes, furniture, and cookware. It was also used to make weapons, such as bows and arrows, and musical instruments, such as flutes. It was even used in medicine. In fact, bamboo was so important to the lives of the Chinese people that the poet Su Dongpo wrote, “I can go without meat in my meal, yet I can't live in a place without bamboo.”
All of the ancient applications of bamboo are still used today. For instance, bamboo is still used as a building material for homes and buildings. It’s also still used to make musical instruments. So, what are some ways bamboo is being used today that it wasn’t used for in the past?
Well, today’s technological advances have made it possible for hard bamboo reeds to be turned into soft, luxurious bedding. As a matter of fact, the technique used to turn bamboo into cloth creates the softest, smoothest bedding currently available on the market.
It’s soft, smooth texture is only one of the amazing qualities of bamboo bedding. Bamboo sheets and comforters are also extraordinarily breathable. The open structure of bamboo fibers allows heat and moisture to easily escape, keeping you cool and comfortable all night long.
Finally, bedding made from bamboo is fantastic because it retains many of the qualities of the bamboo plant. For example, bamboo plants contain an antimicrobial agent called bamboo kun. Even when it is spun into thread, the bamboo retains its antimicrobial properties. This makes it difficult for bacteria and other microbes to survive in your bed. As a result, your bed is a healthier place to sleep when you have bamboo bedding.
If you want to learn more about how bamboo is turned into bedding, read How Bamboo Sheets Are Made.
In addition to bedding, bamboo can be turned into a multitude of items that we use every day. For example, bamboo is the perfect material for cell phone cases. It’s hard enough to protect your cell phone from breaking if you drop it, yet flexible enough to easily maneuver when you’re taking it on and off your phone.
Bamboo’s ability to be strong and flexible also makes it the perfect building material for bike frames. Its strength allows it to carry the weight of a full-grown person while it’s flexibility also it to absorb the shock of rough terrain. Furthermore, bamboo is extremely light, which makes bamboo bikes perfect for urban living.
Lastly, one of the most impressive ways bamboo is being used in today’s world is its role in preserving the environment. Even when it is turned into physical products like bedding, cell phone cases, or bikes the act of growing bamboo for these products helps the earth.
For example, every bamboo grove destined to be turned into furniture or a cell phone case releases oxygen into the atmosphere. In fact, bamboo releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than hardwood trees. Even when it is cut down, bamboo grows right back and continues to produce this oxygen.
Additionally, planting bamboo groves also helps prevent soil erosion. Bamboo is able to slow down and prevent soil erosion, because it is a grass. As a grass, its thin, fibrous roots spread out over large distances. These roots hold the earth together so it can withstand corroding forces such as brutal winds.
As we have become more environmentally aware in recent years, more and more people are planting bamboo groves to help counteract air pollution and soil erosion.
In summary, modern applications of bamboo include being used to create gorgeous bedding, cell phones, and bikes. Moreover, growing bamboo to produce these products protects the earth. However, these are only a few of the ways bamboo is being used. So, what else do you use bamboo for in your life? Let us know in the comments below!