Updated: May 10
Planting trees is great, but wouldn't it be wonderful if we could use less of them in general?
WELL IT'S YOUR LUCKY DAY!
Bamboo is a sustainable substitute for wood (and plastic) products! It might surprise you, but bamboo is a grass - which means like the grass in your yard, it grows quickly. Bamboo takes about 3-5 years to fully mature, and once it does, it can be harvested yearly. Trees can take anywhere between fifteen and hundreds of years to fully mature, meaning harvesting them has a much larger ecological impact. A wide variety of products can be made out of bamboo - flooring, toothbrushes, toilet paper, paper toweling, cutlery, clothing - the list goes on! To go along with this, the amount of space necessary to grow bamboo in order to make the same amount of product as trees would, is substantially less - leading to less area that needs to be disturbed.
So the next time you are shopping, see if there is a bamboo alternative. It might be a few dollars more, but it's worth it.