To be totally honest the answer to the question ‘Is bamboo eco – friendly?’ is yes and no. It depends on what it’s used for and how much it is in demand.
The good news is as a building material bamboo is very good as it is the fastest growing plant on earth some species can grow up to four feet a day. It takes between three and five years to be ready to harvest bamboo, compared to thirty to fifty for hardwood. It can be grown without pesticides or chemicals is degradable and can regenerate on it’s own. Just to be clear, bamboo is a grass and not a wood and is great at producing oxygen, helping reduce greenhouse gases.
The bad news is most bamboo comes from China so it has to be shipped a fair distance. Sadly, the manufacturing processes for products such as bamboo flooring and bamboo cloth are industrially highly intensive and some use a high degree of toxic chemicals.
So, it is good to be aware and ask questions when sourcing your bamboo products.
Good Green Gifts stocks a range of bamboo products, from bamboo towels, to bamboo chopping boards, bamboo spoons and bamboo bowls. We try to make sure that the products that we stock have been shipped rather than flown and use the least intensive production practices. Our bamboo kitchenware for example is produced from organic and sustainable bamboo and made under fair trade conditions by hand by craftspeople rather than being mass manufactured.