How Can Bamboo Help You?
For this week's infographic feature we collaborated with the lovely folks from Bamboo Village! It’s been a pleasure talking to them and when a topic was decided on, we instantly agreed on bringing you the amazing benefits of bamboo. Nope, it’s not just for pandas! You can use it in your everyday life from beauty to clothing to cleaning!
Bamboo is a remarkable and highly versatile natural resource. For many centuries it has been utilised in Asia in a range of uses, including in cooking, construction, transport, textiles and medicine. It is only relatively recently that the Western world has discovered how bamboo offers a wide range of benefits and an eco-friendly solution to many of our modern requirements. Bamboo is, quite simply, a wonderful, green resource that is hugely beneficial both to the way we want to live our lives and to the environment. But how can it help you?
WHY CHOOSE IT FOR YOURSELF?
Supremely soft, silky and luxurious to the touch – Envelop yourself in truly unparalleled comfort.
Hypoallergenic – The eco-friendly bamboo fibres do not irritate the skin. Gentler than many manmade fibres, bamboo is a natural solution for those with sensitive skin.
Antibacterial – Bamboo is inherently antibacterial, making it a great option for socks and undergarments as it provides extra protection against nasties
Breathable and thermo-regulating – Stay comfortable whatever the weather; bamboo keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter.
More absorbent than cotton – Helps to wick moisture away from the skin.
UV protective – Protect you and your loved ones from the sun’s rays in comfort.
WHY CHOOSE IT FOR YOUR HOME?
Super-soft – Made from 100% bamboo fibre, they are far softer than any high thread count cotton sheets.
Highly durable – In our twill-woven bamboo sheets, softness comes with built-in strength.
Year-round comfort – Bamboo fibre is thermo-regulating, which means our sheets will keep you warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
Well-fitting – Even after many washes, or putting them in the drier (not recommended due to shrinkage), they still fit your bed.
Kind to sensitive skin – Naturally hypoallergenic, antibacterial, antimicrobial and more absorbent than cotton making them excellent against your skin.
Marvellous softness – 100% bamboo pile on cotton backing creates a soft towel which is extremely durable and resistant to piling and shrinkage.
Super-absorbent – Bamboo Village’s bamboo towels are made of fibres which are four times more absorbent than cotton towels.
Skin-friendly – As they are so absorbent, there’s no need to rub your skin and cause irritation, plus ours only use organic dyes.
Bamboo makes highly appealing flooring but its uses in the kitchen stretch far beyond that. It can be used to create dishes and utensils with real benefits.
Durable – When made to a high standard, bamboo products can be stronger than aluminium and more durable than if made of oak.
Smooth and cleanly finished – It feels good to the touch and looks attractive too.
Lightweight – The strength is matched by a superb lightness which makes it highly practical.
Flexible – The innate flexibility of bamboo adds to its strength and versatility.
WHY INCLUDE IT IN YOUR DIET?
Bamboo has a number of health benefits when consumed.
Promote your digestive health – it will help regulate and encourage digestion
Control your blood pressure and cholesterol – studies show it has properties proven to assist in blood pressure and cholesterol management.
Low-calorie content – Bamboo shoots have only twenty-seven calories per one hundred grams.
Anti-oxidant and Anti-inflammatory – Bamboo shoots contain a high amount of phenolic acids. These acids are known to have high anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
HOW TO ADD IT TO YOUR BEAUTY REGIME?
Bamboo Milk – extracted from bamboo leaves and stems with claims to be a stimulant. Look for a body wash that capitalizes on this creamily moisturizing, uplifting ingredient.
Bamboo Powder – has antiseptic and astringent qualities, which prove awesome for oily and blemish-prone skin, and is rich in minerals. The finely milled powder can be mixed into masks and scrubs to work as a gentle exfoliant.
Bamboo Charcoal – is another way that bamboo brings both incredible detoxifying abilities and gentle sloughing to soaps and facial cleansers. It will help remove impurities without irritating your skin.
Bamboo Extract – is a rich source of natural silica which promotes hair growth and helps make existing hair stronger. Using bamboo shampoos and conditioners will promote fullness and body, and mascara can assist in plumping up those lashes.
HOW IT CAN HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
Sustainable – Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. Once harvested, bamboo can replenish itself within a year and some species grow a whopping 120cm per day!
Naturally pest resistant – Since bamboo requires no chemicals and very little water to grow, it is an environmental wonder-plant.
Minimal Irrigation Required – Cotton farming, on the other hand, famously requires extensive irrigation and chemical spraying – a single cotton T-shirt can use up to 2700 litres of water in the growing process! Bamboo is by far the greener option.
Helps you breathe easy – As if this were not enough, bamboo absorbs more carbon dioxide from the air than either cotton or timber. It also releases more oxygen into the environment which improves air quality.
Biodegradable – Bamboo is 100% natural and biodegradable which gives conscientious consumers real peace of mind. Once you have no further use for a bamboo product you can rest easy, knowing that it will return to the Earth leaving a minimal environmental impact.