Bamboo’s a fantastic plant. It’s not a tree, but a fast growing woody perennial that grows up to 3ft per day! It’s easy to grow, needing little fertiliser, water, or care. When harvested, bamboo is hard, strong and lightweight.
- Reduces deforestation of rainforests.
- Grows quickly – harvest every five years.
- Captures carbon in its growth.
- No soil erosion between harvests – roots are intact.
- Gives out more oxygen (35%) than trees.
- Produces 20 times more timber than a tree, in a tree’s lifetime.
- Comes a long way – carbon footprint.
- If making textiles, turning the bamboo into fibres or pulp involves boiling and kiln firing, and toxic petro-chemicals chemicals may be used.
You might know bamboo from bamboo flooring, or bamboo socks, but we’ve got two quite different products that are made of bamboo:
1. Bamboo Handle Brushes
These eco-friendly professional paint brushes are made of the highest quality environmentally friendly materials. The hand sculpted bamboo handles are super comfortable to use. The ferrules are of stainless steel, and the mixed bristles are long and soft; for great results with all paint types.
Sizes range from 1″ to 4″, and are available in standard and angle-sash (great for window frames and detailed work). Multi-packs make a great gift!
2. Bamboo Charcoal Water Filters
Simple, natural and time-honoured
Leave bamboo charcoal in a jug filled with tap water and it will slowly filter out impurities such as chlorine and make your tap water healthier, tastier and odour free. This slow-filtering method has been known for centuries in some parts of the world. Bamboo charcoal is dust free and so you can use it directly in the water with no need for plastic cartridges.
Bamboo charcoal is not just any charcoal. Incredibly, 1g of high quality bamboo charcoal has a surface area equivalent of up to 3 tennis courts. It works like a sponge and adsorbs impurities into its pores. It is made in traditional clay kilns in Japan by highly experienced charcoal makers who work with pride and passion.
Re-usable around the home
What’s more you can re-use your pieces after using them for 2 months as water filters. Charcoal innately regulates moisture, reduces odours and inhibits mould. So put them in mouldy kitchen & bathroom corners, smelly places such as shoes, the fridge etc. to give them second life! Old charcoal can eventually be returned to the earth by burying in the garden, in pot plants or mixing with compost etc. Crushed bamboo charcoal will help aerate soil and increase water retention. And you are left with no waste whatsoever!