Due to overconsumption of natural resources and generating large amounts of unsustainable carbon dioxide, global warming has become an extremely serious problem. Regardless of where we live, we can feel the effects of global warming in one way or another. However, bamboo, a type of grass is one of the best solutions for fighting against global warming. With approximately 1000 species, bamboo mainly grows in temperate and tropical conditions. You don’t have to use any herbicides or pesticides for bamboo to grow well. It’s a hardy plant that matures in three to five years.
Here are a few environmental benefits of bamboo:
- Unlike the vast majority of trees on this planet, bamboo is three to four times more capable of absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.
- Seven to eight trees produce enough oxygen for a single person every year. However, a single bamboo plant generates enough oxygen to satisfy the daily requirement of a human being.
- The vast majority of trees don’t have the phenomenal growth rate of bamboo. Bamboo grows at a rate of more than one foot every day. It also creates a canopy faster than other trees, cooling the surrounding environment.
- Every single part of the bamboo plant can be used to make products. For example, it can be used to make houses, roads, bridges, clothes, scaffolding, furniture, paper, textiles and rugs to name a few.
- UNESCO states that only 70 hectares of bamboo are required to build 1000 houses. As bamboo is a type of grass, it grows back after harvesting, unlike other trees.
- The roots of the bamboo plant will grab the soil, preventing soil erosion and mudslides from taking place. The roots also remove heavy metals from the soil and pull the water closer towards the surface. As a result of this, the soil will get enriched.
These are just a few environmental benefits of bamboo!