Sustainable Futures: Renewable Bamboo
By now most of us are aware of what a fantastic renewable resource Bamboo is. Especially this day an age where we are looking to make smart, sustainable choices in terms of materials and the impact that we have on our environment.
This ancient grass has been developed as a material for over a millennia and now manufacturers and consumer groups alike are catching up as to the benefits of this incredible plant. The potential for bamboo to have a positive impact on our lives and future use of sustainable materials is huge, it can be literally used for everything from buildings to food.
Amazing Bamboo – The Down & Dirty:
- It is grown without pesticides or chemical fertilisers, unlike most cash crops, bamboo requires no agricultural chemicals to thrive, a process that rapidly depletes the nutrients in the soil.
- Absorption of greenhouse gases – Bamboo appropriates carbon dioxide and is carbon neutral and it produces 35% more oxygen that of an equivalent stand of trees.
- Soil Erosion – With its complex root system, bamboo is a great soil erosion inhibitor and a major benefit with the fighting the effects of deforestation.
- Bamboo grows in a wide range of environments and it requires no irrigation, even in arid regions where droughts cause other crops to fail. This is due to the roots being left in place after harvesting, it helps to preserve vital moisture in the soil. It can even thrive in low wetlands to higher elevations in the mountains, making it a reliable crop.
- It’s FAST! With certain species growing up to a metre a day, it means that it can be harvested in 5 years, whereas comparable trees take 40 years to mature to this stage.
- Renewable Re-growth – Even after it is harvested, it will grow a new shoot from its extensive root system with no need for additional planting or cultivation.
- Versatile Material – Bamboo can replace the use of wood for nearly every application imageable; paper, flooring, furniture, building materials etc. It’s potential to replace single-use plastic is being considered worldwide.
- Strength – Also, the fibres of the bamboo plant are far stronger than those of wood and therefore, much less likely to warp from changing atmospheric conditions.
- Waste Product – Due to its very flexibility, it also means there is very little waste product, as every part of the plant can be used.
- Its production into fibres has a lower environmental impact than other forms of fibre, especially synthetic ones and cotton (Although you do need to be aware of the chemical process that some manufacturers use during the process to make clothing)
- Beauty – Bamboo is naturally stunning and very much feeds into the emerging trends in colour and interior design, with leanings towards natural design and earth inspired shades.
It is for all the reasons above that Eskimo designed and manufactured the environmentally conscious, Outline – BAMBOO, as it has proven to be a high-performance material for our radiator, as well as possessing a beautifully tactile veneer.
The result is a stunning, ethically sourced and functional radiator that showcases the ethos of Eskimo and a love of using materials as design.