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Here you’ll find out everything you need to know about Bamboo – from its use as a Lucky Plant to Fencing and commercial uses in sheets, pillows and sunglasses. Bamboo is on the rise with 100s of companies now incorporating bamboo into products. What many of us affiliate with pandas, is actually becoming a staple component in many companies. And with the many many different types of products, comes uncertainty in terms of which product is really worth the money- and that’s where Bamboo Reviewer was founded. My name is Dave and I’m a professor of Plant Biology at a local community college. I have been studying aquatic plants in an attempt to use them for reusable energy such as duck weed to doing research on plant management. Somewhere along my crazy journey is where I became fascinted with Bamboos. 

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Each guide we build is based on not just information we have curated from other reviewers after hours of research, but most if not all of these bed sheets, pillows and duvets are tested by us personally! With access to a person in the Bamboo Bedding industry who distributes bamboo products , we have the amazing opportunirt to truly test out these beautiful products. Our promise to you is to make sure each review is unbiased, factual, and gives you information that in the end allows you to make the best decision. It’s about YOU – so enjoy my reviews and leave a comment if you are passionate about any of these bamboo products. Our main sponsor is bestposturebrace.com where you can read more about Posture Brace Reviews.

Why Use Bamboo?


Let’s just start with the fact that about 2-3 BILLION people in the world depend on bamboo economically- from farming to it’s role in the national economy as a building commodity. 

For starters – Bamboos are some of the fastest growing plants in the world today. Bamboos have been reported to grow as fast 50 inches in a 24 hour period!  It’s versatility, lightweight strength and striking beauty in both it’s natural and finished state – give bamboo a longer and more varied role than any other plant in our world today. 

Bamboo is a cosmopolitan in habitat, a plant with a thousand faces. It tolerates extremes of drought and downing from 50 to 250 inches of annual rainfall. 

Bamboo's Increasing Popularity and Impact

Bamboos are fast growing woody grasses that can grow in tropical or subtropical forests. They can be cultivated in plantations, farms, or even homes. Bamboos are grown for their culms that can be eventually be used to produce softwood and fiber for processing. The shoots of several species are also edible. Millions of the people live with and rely on bamboo especially those who are poor and use it as a means of income.

Bamboo was popularly labeled as “poor man’s timber” due to it’s popularity among poor people as a good substitute for expensive wood from trees. It has been argued that promoting the use of bamboo as a renewable and sustainable substitute of wood from trees may help reduce and avoid further deforestation.

About The Plant


Bamboos are fast-growing woody grasses that grow in the tropics and subtropics of forests. They can be cultivated in plantations, on home-steads, and on farms. Bamboos are grown for their long, usually hollow, culms that can be eventually be used to produce softwood and fiber for processing. The shoots of several species are also edible. Millions of the world’s poor people live with and rely on bamboo for their livelihoods, and it can be a significant way of earning out of poverty.

Bamboo was popularly labeled as “poor man’s timber” due to it’s popularity among poor people as a good substitute for expensive wood from trees. It has been argued that promoting the use of bamboo as a renewable and sustainable substitute of wood from trees may help reduce and avoid further deforestation.

Bamboo's Natural Habitat

Bamboos, both woody and herbaceous, are well known as forest grasses, even though some species have radiated into open, grassy, or shrubby habitats at high elevations in mountains. Native to all continents except Antarctica and Europe, bamboos are most commonly found in parts of South East Asia. They can also extend to altitudes of 4,000 meters! Bamboos therefore occupy a broad range of habitat types –  from temperate to tropical climatic zones. 

Bamboo Morphology

Rhizome

The rhizome system in a bamboo is well developed and constitutes the structural foundation of the plant. It is subterranean and highly branched. The individual axes of the rhizome system are referred as rhizome segments. Each individual branch or axis of the rhizome system is known as a rhizome. The rhizome consists of two parts, the rhizome neck and the rhizome proper. The rhizome neck may be short or sometimes elongated. Basically, there are two types of rhizomes. They are determinate and indeterminate or sympodial and monopodial. The determinate rhizome is called pachymorph rhizome, and indeterminate rhizome is known as leptomorph rhizome.

Culms

A bamboo plant may be either clump forming or non-clump forming, producing only shoots which emerge from the underground rhizomes and elongate into jointed cylindrical stem known as culm (Latin: culmus ¼ stalk, stem). In pachymorph bamboos, the culms are derived from the terminal buds, while in the case of leptomorph bamboo, these developed from the lateral buds of the rhizomes.

Branches

The bamboo has more complicated branching system than ordinary grasses. Under every sheath on the main culm is a bud, enclosed in a flat sheath of its own, the sheath backs on the culm itself, and has two inflexed edges which embrace the inner part of the buds. When a culm reaches its full height, the lateral buds on the nodes begin to grow and form branches. Branch buds emerge on alternative sides of the culm just above the sheath scar at successive nodes.

Leaves

In bamboos the leaf organ diverged into two types: cauline leaf and foliage leaf (i.e. green leaf having photosynthesis). A foliage leaf (a leaf proper) is an append-age to a leaf sheath proper. Leaf blades differ from culm sheath blades and branch sheath blades being stalked or petiolate. Bamboo leaves are usually linear, lance-olate or oblong-lanceolate in shape; they have usually a short petiole into which the base, which is frequently unequal cut, extends; the point is usually long acuminate, often scabrous; and the side is glabrous or softly hairy. Leaf blades are generally thinner than culm sheath blades and often show more marked dorsiventrality. The leaves of all bamboos are very similar in general appearance, for although some species have usually large leaves and others quite small, the size depends much on the part of the plant from which they are taken.

Cultural Impact

From the forests of China to India, bamboos have played a role in our eco-system for generations but the cultural significance of Bamboos goes beyond its role in the eco-system. In ancient Chinese history, Bamboo actually represents elasticity, strength, and resilience. Ever realize how Bamboo bends in the breeze but doesn’t break?  Bamboo being an evergreen plant, does not change in appearance with the seasonal changes – symbolizing to many wisdom.

In Japanese culture, Bamboos is often used in the term “bamboo mentality”.  Interesting enough, “bamboo mentality” means to compromise and to yield but to eventually go forward unbroken.  Bamboo has been tied to Modern Asia for as long as we know, and it revolves around the principle that humanity cannot exist without nature. In Asia, Bamboo is considered a friend, a travel companion.

Bamboo essentially plays an enourmous role in the lives of many in Asia as it has been seen affiliated with legends, fairy tails and folk lore stories. In fact, many Asian ceremonies are connected with bamboo. Only certain types of Bamboo species are allowed to be used to make the equipment neccessary for the Japanese tea ceremony, which is the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha tea.

 

Japanese Tea Festival using Bamboo

Japanese Tea Festival using Bamboo

In addition to ceremonial events – there are also fun cerebrational events that take place with Bamboo as well . The Bamboo Splitting Festival is a ceremony that is primarily done by men who take the bamboo and split it against a blazing fire as a way to ward off evil spirits as the sound of the splitting is supposed to scare these spirits away.

Uses Of Bamboo

Originally known as the poor man’s wood, bamboo has now expanded into every sector of the market. Just during the last 20 years, Bamboo has developed as a major player in the home construction sector as bamboo flooring, walls, roofs, fences.

Buildings

Ever been to places such as India or other parts of the South East region of the world ? Well if so, then you have deffinetly seen construction on buildings being done with Bamboo scaffolding. Bamboo has been used as scaffolding for multiple reasons: 

  1. Unlike iron and steel, Bamboo does not rust with the change in climate. 

  2. It weighs significantly less than any other construction material in the market making it also significantly cheaper. But making it lighter does not neccesarily mean it can’t stand the tropical thunderstorms that hit the South East. In fact, when a recent typhoon hit Japan – few of the things left standing were bamboo structures. 

Bed Sheets and Pillows

Flooring

Food

Bicycles

Bamboo bicycles as simple constructions have been in use locally since long in bamboo countries. Already in the nineteenth century, they were constructed and patented in industrial countries. In recent years, bamboo bicycles become widely known in Germany and related countries, supported by the intention to use natural materials instead of diminishing recourses, like iron and aluminum. At a few places, like Lu¨bek and Berlin, students established contacts with countries, like Ghana, where bamboo bicycles are used since long time.

Panels

Paper

Apparel

Furniture

There are two main types of bamboo furniture making traditional bamboo furniture, which use bamboo culms as a primary material and modern bamboo furniture made of prefabricated bamboo products, such as laminated bamboo, veneers, and various types of engineered bamboo panels.

Traditional bamboo furniture uses natural round or split bamboo. The specifi-cation of products ranges from chairs, sofa sets, and beds to kitchen cabinets and gazebos. They are wholly made of bamboo culm parts and splits, which must often be treated to ensure their quality. Many of the manufacturers prefer culm parts without skin. 

Using bamboo in round form requires special skills and techniques, whereas the application of bamboo-engineered products demands more or less the same exper-tise which is needed in manufacturing wooden furniture.

Wine

Bamboo wine is a 100 % product of the plant, while bamboo beer and liquor is made in China and has an additive of flavonoid bamboo leaf extract.

Weapons, Ointments, Charcoal and More

  • Tribal huntsmen in many primal places of the world today still use bamboo to form their bows and arrows. How effective is bamboo as a weapon? Many American lives were sadly lost to bamboo weapons during the Vietnam War.  The Vietkong had used their bamboo stakes as a way to form a booby trap where solders would walk into camouflaged pits and land on these spikes covered in poisonous substances. 
  • In folklore the bamboo is great because an ointment which is made from its roots is believed to be a remedy for cirrhosis and tumors which can form in the stomach and liver, for example. Some people believe that it is an aphrodisiac and can cure everything from asthma to coughs – even horses can be treated by being given the leaves of the bamboo if they have a cold! 
  • Bamboo is one of the most important sources of energy for cooking and heating in many tropical and subtropical regions. The culms by themselves, however, do not form a good combustible material because they do not store well, burn fast, and tend to produce a dense smoke while burning if not seasoned properly before usage. Bamboo charcoal offers an alternative to bamboo culms for energy. For over 1,000 years, charcoal has been produced and utilized, primarily in China, and exported either in its basic form or as various manufactured products.
  • Among all the natural materials used worldwide in the manufacture of musical instruments, one stands out in its versatility, is the grass bamboo. Bamboo is the only material whose instruments of all classes like wind, percussion, string instru-ments, and even the strings themselves can be made exclusively from this one material. The hollow structure of a bamboo culm provides a characteristic sound to relate to the music of many ethnic communities. When and what kind of musical instruments were made first from bamboo is unknown. The bamboo list is endless, and new instruments incorporating bamboo are invented all the time.

Going Green With Bamboo

The importance of harvest for the productivity and performance of bamboo stands for climate change mitigation purposes are linked to the usage and continued carbon storage of removed biomass.. Bamboo’s role in providing a form of renewable energy is due to it’s function as a carbon storage. For bamboo, it is important to note that recent improvements in processing and the development of new types of storage means essentially allowing bamboo to have a longer lifespan as a carbon energy source.

The fast growth and high turn-over rate of bamboo allow bamboo to quickly recover from disastrous events. Bamboo’s extensive root and rhizome system implies that bamboos can be used to fight erosion since bamboos’ extensive roots and rhizomes bind the soil. In addition, bamboo can grow on poor soil, in fact bamboo is most effective when grown in areas prone to runoff such as steep slopes or river banks. Growing and utilizing bamboo can help people and ecosystems adapt to changing climates especially in a world where climate change is becoming a growing issue.