Bamboo has become an increasingly popular material due to it's sustainable and environmentally-friendly nature. These four fun facts shed light on just how amazing the bamboo plant is for you, the environment and the world at large.
1. Bamboo shoots are a great source of food. For thousands of years, they've been a part of most Asian diets, providing lots of nutrients at an affordable price. Bamboo shoots offer a healthy source of fibre, protein and potassium. They're also low in fat, sugar and calories so you can feast on these and feel completely guilt-free. Once boiled, bamboo shoots can be added to soups or stir-fries. They're also great on their own with a delicious dipping sauce.
2. Bamboo can grow almost one metre in a day when in the right conditions and climate, making it the world's fastest growing plant. Every part of the plant can be used for a variety of purposes such as building and cooking. Its rapid growth rate makes it a fabulous material that can be sourced and used in a sustainable way.
3. Bamboo is used to make musical instruments. The 'xiao' is a Chinese vertical-end blown, bamboo flute. Not only is it completely eco-friendly, but the xiao also makes beautiful, soothing sounds. Sometimes, the xiao is decorated with hand-drawn carvings along its sides. Despite originating in China, the xiao can now be found all over the world.
4. Due to its breathable and naturally thermo-regulating nature, bamboo fibre makes the perfect sheets for any climate. Bamboo sheets can offer warmth in the cooler months and will remain lightweight in the summer seasons to ensure you're left feeling cool and comfortable all year round. Plus, bamboo sheets are far more sustainable than cotton so you can sleep lightly knowing you're supporting both yourself and the earth by choosing these.
So here's to bamboo and the incredible plant that it is! For more information on the amazing bamboo products we offer, visit out shop today!