Benefits of bamboo plants -

Bamboo plants are pretty versatile and easy to grow in any kind of environmental condition. The material is fast to regenerate and doesn’t need any pesticide or herbicide to grow well. This renewable resource has countless utilities regarding food, clothes, construction, and fuel.

What is so special about Bamboo plants?

Bamboo Plant - that has countless utilities regarding food, clothes, construction, and fuel.
Bamboo

This renewable resource has countless utilities regarding food, clothes, construction, and fuel.

It is a very fast-growing grass plant that is adaptable to different climatic conditions and soil textures. It is found in many countries and continents. There are about 1400 species of bamboo all over the world.

Bamboo trees become mature within 90 days. However, some might take years. Studies show that this plant grows 35 inches per day or 1.5 inches per hour.

Bamboo plants make their cells at a time when they are just a little bud. In contrast, animals grow their cells slowly. Their cells split apart and make other cells during the growth process. But the bamboo-cells do not split apart; they actually stretch out. The cells mostly contain water that makes them expand like a balloon.

Being versatile in nature, it is widely used by humans for various purposes. It also provides a great source of food for animals, like pandas, elephants, lemurs, gorillas, etc.

Amazing facts about this amazing plant

Bamboo grows without chemical fertilizers or pesticides

  • Other plants where need fertilizers and pesticides for growing faster; bamboo is totally different from them. It does not need any fertilizers to grow.
  • It has a faster growth capability that a bamboo bud turns into a tree in just 90 days. However, some plants can take up years to grow.
Bamboo benefits - Bamboo grows without chemical fertilizers or pesticides

No irrigation is required

Bamboo benefit - grows naturally without much need of water
  • Bamboo plants do not require any irrigation. They are quite versatile. Hence, even if favourable conditions are not present, they stretch out on their own.
  • The proper amount of water already remains present in the cells of these plants. So, they do not require irrigation.

No need for replanting

  • Replantation is not a requirement for the required plants. They grow on their own. Even if any tree is cut and the roots are there, then the plants are capable of growing from that place.
  • They grow very fast, and the harvesting process can be done within 3-5 years.
Bamboo - no need to replant

Produces 35% more oxygen as compared to other trees

  • As per studies, bamboo plants produce comparatively 35% more oxygen than other trees grown with it. So, if someone grows the tree on their property, it will provide them with fresh air and a greener environment.

Sequesters carbon dioxide

  • The bamboo plants withdraw a high amount of carbon dioxide from the environment. It makes the atmosphere more oxygenated.
  • Researches show that bamboo is an essential thing on earth that maintains a balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Bamboo helps fight carbon dioxide

Soil erosion inhibitor

Bamboo inhibits soil erosion
  • Bamboo, when grows, it holds the soil very tightly. Due to this, even when unfavorable conditions come forward, the soil erosion becomes quite less. The upper layer of fertile soil does not get washed away.

Grows in a wide range of environments

  • Bamboo plants have the ability to grow anywhere. It grows very fast and has availability in most of the variant’s environments.

The above facts are few. There are several other benefits and sustainability factors linked with this “miracle grass”.

What are the different uses ?

Bamboo has so many benefits. From building homes to use as food for animals, it fulfills more or less every kind of need or requirement. Below are some of the uses of this grass-

For building houses

  • As per UNESCO, 70 hectares of bamboo are capable of producing material to build 1000 houses.
  • If any home construction requires timber, then this will lead to the fall of healthy trees from forests. We all know that oxygen and a pure environment have what importance for Earth and us, so making trees fall just to get time to make homes does seem feasible.
  • Hence, bam-boo is a better alternative in this situation. Today many people are there in the world who are living in houses that are built from this plant.
Bamboo helps to build houses

For clothes

Bamboo clothes - made from bamboo fabric
  • Fast fashion clothes mostly use polyester and other materials to make clothes that harm the environment at last. But the fabrics made with this plant provide sustainable fashion. The clothes remain of the highest quality and reliable.
  • The bamboo fabrics are even thermal resistant, breathable, resist odor, and provide a very comfortable experience.
  • The fast-fashion fabrics usually have low life and can not even reuse. But the bamboo fabric follows 3R of sustainability and has quite a long life.

Medicine

  • According to reports, in China, black bamboo ingredients are used for treating kidney diseases.
  • The roots and leaves help in treating cancer and venereal diseases. The water in bamboo cells effectively treats bone issues. The people in China even use water from the culm ( the side bamboo) for curing bone diseases.

Fuel

  • Bamboo is used for making charcoal. In China and Japan, people use that charcoal for centuries as cooking fuel. The bamboo vinegar is extracted during the process of formation of charcoal and is used for different purposes.

Cosmetics and chemicals

  • The vinegar contains 400 variant chemical compounds. It is required as a raw material for deodorant, insecticide, cosmetics, agricultural products, food preservatives, etc.

Accessories

  • Bamboo parts are useful in making accessories as well. Many sustainable brands use this plant in the making process of bracelets, necklaces, anklets, etc. The accessories remain of high quality and durable.

Food preservation

  • In India, shoots are used for preparing food. Japanese people use bamboo skin to preserve food. It has antibacterial properties; hence it protects food and is a natural food preservative.

Bed, furniture, tables

  • Bamboo plants are also useful in making furniture, tables, and chairs. Well-crafted beds are also made up of Bamboo.

Roads and bridges construction

  • It is also used for road and bridge construction. These special roads can handle trucks weighing 16-17 tons. In China, even bamboo is used for making roads and other construction materials.

Tableware and utensils

  • Various kitchen products like spoons, utensils, cups, saucers, etc., are made up of other parts of this plant.

Useful in nappies formation

  • It is also used in making nappies.
  • “Nappies made up of bamboo plants can be washed 50 times, but it retains its antibacterial properties,” – said Japanese Scientists.

To wrap up, It has many other uses also. It is used in making bicycles, toys, helmets, in the textile industry, etc. Hence, planting this tree is useful in every way. Here at Suscin, we are in awe of this multi-purpose plant.

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