Bamboo (16885)People who are jumping on the Eco-friendly train find themselves overwhelmed with the saturation of bamboo Eco friendly products and accessories for the home. Bamboo first gained its stardom in the Eco friendly interior design industry when manufacturers of kitchen cabinets began using it for their products. Now, bamboo accessories are everywhere; from minute accessories such as kitchen towel holders to large functional pieces such as cabinetry, wall units, and shelving.

Now, the question remains, what makes bamboo such an Eco-friendly product? Well the answer is in how it grows. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant species on the planet. Established bamboo plants that have reached critical root mass can grow upwards of 50 inches in a time span of just 24 hours! Fast forwarding about two months, an established root mass can produce a bamboo wood culm from the ground up to 60 feet high and 11 feet in diameter. That is an awful lot of material produced in just a two month period. Obviously, this posed as a potential goldmine

After bamboo was found to be an incredible sustainable and durable material; a new industry was born. This new industry revolved around producing large plots of land to safely cultivate the quickly growing, sustainable bamboo without having to harvest it from natural habitats in the wild. As a result, bamboo became the staple of Eco-friendly construction, housing, and interior design material.

Bamboo plants come in a variety of species, among the most popular are of course the natural bamboo which is notorious for its longevity as well as its sleek neutral based colors in cabinetry. A second, and nearly equally popular species is referred to as caramel bamboo. This particular species reflects its name in the natural coloring on the bamboo wood; as a result, the darker shade tends to be a number one pick for modern cabinetry in kitchens and built in shelving.

In all, bamboo wood is a fantastic and extremely sustainable Eco-friendly product. The harvesting of this material opened the door to the discovery of other Eco-friendly materials such as Eucalyptus and Beech; all of which are used in the same industries as bamboo.

The only downside to this explosion in demand for Eco-friendly materials is that some people fear it will backfire later on down the road. There are some accounts that bamboo farmers have been burning down rain forest in Asia in order to increase the sizes of the cultivation fields. Unfortunately, from an environmentally friendly standpoint, these actions completely neutralize the concept of Eco-friendly materials.