Bamboo has quickly become the “in thing” pertaining to the green movement. It is easy to understand why; It has natural beauty without the cold feel of metal, it has fantastic strength, and most of all it has the best regenerative properties of any plant.
This week’s list is dedicated to our new, yet old, wonder product, Bamboo, and the innovative ways it is being used in office products.
1.) The Bamboo Pen
2.) Woody Bamboo Eco Friendly Flash Drive
There are a lot of these out there. We like this one because it comes with a fun renewable box! Plus the more digital work being done means less paper = more trees.
3.) Bamboo iPad & iPhone case
This case from Grove Made and made out of bamboo is way to cool!
4.) Bamboo Furniture Bookshelf II Hemingway
Made by LDK Design this bamboo bookshelf will add some cool pizzazz & renewable functionality to your workspace.
5.) Bamboo Laptop
Technology can get cold and neutral, warm things up with this awesome bamboo laptop by ASUS.
6.) Biodegradable Binder by Samsill!
Samsill is highly environmentally conscious which is why we make the only traditional biodegradable binder. There are a lot of “eco-friendly” (aka cardboard) binders on the market but Samsill makes the only eco-friendly binder that has all the conveniences and durability of any typical plastic binder.
Think twice next time before buying an everyday product. Have a look and see if it comes in a renewable material.
Top 10 Bamboo Facts
Since we can’t get enough of bamboo here are 10 interesting facts about bamboo! [Source: Factory Direct]
1. A renewable resource
Bamboo is actually a grass and not a tree. Therefore it grows rapidly and can produce fully mature bamboo plants in 3-5 years.
2. Balances CO2 & O2
Bamboo produces 30% more oxygen than trees. Bamboo does not need to be replanted, is self generating and can be harvested every 3-5 years.
3. Wood replacement
Bamboo is flexible and lightweight and arguably stronger than steel and most hardwoods. Bamboo is also more affordable than wood. In parts of the world it is so cheap it is used as scrap. It can be used as a construction substitute for any sort of wood. The many uses of bamboo make it perfect for fencing, flooring, building posts and house walls, or anything that could be made from wood. In this case office products.
4. A natural & lasting controllable barrier
Bamboo reduces rain run-off and is proving to be a very valuable weapon in the prevention of soil erosion in many parts of the world because of its extensive root system and large canopy. Bamboo works to helping control water pollution because of its high nitrogen contents.
5. Versatile & fast growth cycle
Bamboo is one of the most eco-friendly plants due to its versatile short growing cycle (it is harvested every three to five years as opposed to the 20 to 50 years of its wood counterparts), and its yield per year is about 20 times higher, sometimes more than timber.
6. Essential material for cheap earthquake architecture
Strong, flexible and lightweight, Bamboo is essential in earthquake architecture. In Limon, Costa Rica, only the bamboo houses from the National Bamboo Project stood after their violent earthquake in 1992. Bamboo can tolerate high values of deformations in the elastic range. Bamboo houses, when properly constructed can sway back and forth during an earthquake, without any damage to the bamboo.
7. A renewable resource for agro-forestry production.
The advantage of bamboo over trees is the short time from planting to harvest. Bamboo’s ability to sustainably provide building materials and edible products for many years or even decades, and versatility of use which outmatches most tree species. For its ecological adaptability, and wide range of uses, bamboo can be an essential component of many agro-forestry systems.
8. An ancient medicine
Bamboo as an ancient herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years in Asia. Often used for its tonic and astringent properties, it is also considered an aphrodisiac. Bamboo ancient remedies are still used in many health and body care products today.
9. Culture and the arts
Bamboo is deeply rooted in the daily life of many cultures. Bamboo culture always plays a positive role in encouraging people to hold on when facing tough situations.
10. A critical element of the economy
Bamboo grows best in tropical zones which just happen to be many developing countries around the world. Bamboo crops provide jobs that support the people’s livelihood. As popularity of bamboo grows, these countries are enjoying access to a wider market. The continued use of bamboo helps developing economies.