Curious why No.2 uses bamboo instead of hardwood trees? Yes, the TP industry consumes a lot of trees, but why is consuming bamboo any better? Here’s why we love bamboo and how it can save the world.
Absorbs Greenhouse Gases
Bamboo is excellent at absorbing greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. Bamboo also produces 30% more oxygen than an equivalent mass of hardwood trees.
Incredible Growth Rate
Some species of bamboo can grow more than 3 feet a day! That’s over 1.5 inches per hour. Unlike hardwood trees, which can take 30-40 years to reach maturity, bamboo can reach full maturity in 1-5 years. It is the only woody plant that can keep up with the rate of human consumption and deforestation.
When bamboo is harvested it can grow new shoots with no need for additional planting or cultivation. Also, every part of bamboo can be used. When you’re done with your bamboo products they can be recycled or composted.
Bamboo contains a natural anti-bacterial called Bamboo Kun. This bio-agent is so effective that it eliminates and prevents 70% of bacteria that attempts to grow on it in both natural and fiber form.
No Agricultural Chemicals Required
The Bamboo Kun also keeps bamboo from being eaten by pests or infected with pathogens. As a result, bamboo does not require fertilizer, pesticides, or herbicides. Unlike crops such as cotton, which can rapidly deplete soil due to agricultural chemicals, bamboo gets nutrients from its own fallen leaves.
Bamboo can replace wood in every application, be it hardwood floors, furniture, or toilet paper! Bamboo fibers are actually far stronger than wood fibers, and less likely to warp from changing atmospheric conditions. What’s more, bamboo can grow in all different climate zones and soil types, even where other crops have failed.
In underdeveloped countries where unemployment is rampant, bamboo can offer a solution. Due to bamboo’s ability to grow in almost any climate, areas that need social and economic stability can find job opportunities in bamboo production and manufacturing bamboo products.
So next time you’re redecorating or deciding which hairbrush to buy, consider bamboo! When you invest in brands (like No.2) that are committed to using sustainably sourced bamboo, you’re investing in our planet’s future.