Bamboo has much to offer in our daily lives. Along with its decorative element, it has great potential and many uses, ranging from being consumed as food to using as a writing instrument to the creation of fabrics, even toothpaste, and a bicycle body! Bamboo can be rigid and flexible – thus having endless uses.

Bamboo is strong, inexpensive, and renewable. In our modern world, it is primarily a construction product material.

Even though it is primarily an Asian and South American product, it is found in almost all continents across the globe, growing on mountains, the tropics, and farmlands of the Midwest, United States. Bamboo can grow in practically any moderate climate with proper attention and technique.

Even though the plant sometimes looks like trees, it generally differs in its growth pattern. Bamboo matures in size, height, and circumference in its first or second year of life. In later years, its growth is limited underground spreading its roots and offshoots. Interestingly, it flowers only once in ten to fifteen years. Wood-eating insects can infiltrate bamboo plantations. However, proper care and treatment can create an environment that deters pests.

Bamboo has been cultivated since ancient times. It is one of those rare plants that has found innumerable uses throughout human history. Historians have found cave paintings using bamboo sticks to apply mud or paint. Several specimens of antique artifacts made from bamboo have also been found.

Let’s explore several uses and see for ourselves how this simple grass-family, an easily-grown, fast-growing plant, helps clean carbon dioxide emissions effectively, efficiently, and with comparatively economic costs.

Bamboo sprouts and shoots of a handful of species are edible for humans. The health benefits include weight loss, balanced cholesterol, and anti-inflammatory prosperities.

Folks in India, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Nepal, and the Philippines are known to include some bamboo in their diets. In Japan, they call the bamboo “The King of the Forest Vegetables.”

Even though fresh or canned bamboo can be consumed, one should understand how it is prepared.

It is a well-known fact that the Giant Chinese Panda is one of the largest consumers of raw bamboo. However, the Panda is always lethargic due to a lack of nutritional value.

Along with consuming parts of the bamboo shoot, they are also creatively used in manufacturing cooking utensils. For example, bamboo cutting boards will not damage or dull the knife blades, and bamboo utensils will not damage or scratch your expensive non-stick cookware.

When you look around, especially in bamboo-producing areas, bamboo houses are a common sight. Roads made of bamboo are familiar in rural areas. They are even used for heavy loads and are versatile and long-lasting.

Bamboo flooring has a unique look. It is easier to clean and is water-resistant. The same goes for furniture: chairs, benches, beds, closets, and all kinds of furnishings. Rafts, bridges, fencing, and even clothes are made from bamboo.

For centuries small-scale and handy craft industries have been making bamboo baskets. These industries are not only thriving but growing. When you walk around in Asian countries, it is common to see folks carrying these baskets with numerous items on their heads.

A new trend is to use fibers made from bamboo in clothing and fabrics. Interestingly, beddings made from bamboo fibers are soft to touch, comparable to cotton. Window finishing like curtains and drapes made from this fiber has an elegant silky look. Another upside to using bamboo is the cost is much less and is available in abundance.

If you look closely while shopping, you will notice several name-brand stores now carry clothing made from this versatile plant.

Here is a fun fact about the versatile bamboo plant. For centuries it was used to make weapons too. Ancient tribes have used the hollow tube as blowguns and made bows and arrows with them. Even though you don’t see them now, gun-makers made gunpowder guns using hollow tubes.

It goes without saying that the hollow of the bamboo makes excellent pipes.

Bamboo’s durability and lightness are the amazing quality that gives hearing music made from them pleasing to the ear. The hollow bamboo tubes make excellent musical instruments, for example, drums and flutes. It is also used as a base for several tools.

For art lovers, you can get paper and paintbrushes made from bamboo. Knitting needles even chopsticks are everyday use for this amazing plant.

Bamboo shoots also have medicinal uses. They can be used to clean wounds as an antimicrobial, making them an excellent first-aid as it helps hasten the healing process.

Bamboo shoots can be made into juice to treat ulcers, while bamboo leaves are used to treat digestive disorders like intestinal worms. Adding edible bamboo to your diet is a prudent road to a healthier and greener lifestyle.

The versatility of the bamboo also follows you into your bathroom. Several everyday items can be bamboo-made. For example, soap dishes, trays, liquid soap containers, tissue boxes, trash bins, counters and cabinets, bath mats, and even toothbrushes. The list goes on.

Because bamboo has been a significant source of economy for several centuries, it is not surprising to see that it is used for religious symbols also. The durability of the plant has made it a significant symbol of longevity too.

When we trace the origins of bamboo, we see that it started as a natural plant. Today, it has become a significant part of the economies of bamboo-producing countries. Farms all over are cultivating the new cash crop.

The ability of the bamboo plant to absorb CO2 has a significant part to play in the reduction of harmful industrial emissions. Each plant will release more oxygen into the atmosphere in one year than is required by a human being at the same time!

In conclusion, we can safely say that the versatility of the bamboo plant is hard to compete with. As more and more plantations are grown and bamboo is becoming a significant part of the mainstream economy, innovative and new ways to use this unique plant are evolving.

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