One of the largest members of the Grass Family – Bamboo (Bambuseae spps) grows like a weed and has many different uses!
My neighbor Vee was in front of my house the other night when we came back from having dinner out. She had just dropped off a brochure concerning Bamboo flooring at my front door. This was kind of funny because conversations later that evening with our friends Bill and Nancy turned to bamboo sheets. Well at least the women were talking bamboo sheets, I believe I was talking about golf with Bill!
Nevertheless, Bamboo was the discussion of the night so I’d thought it would be a good topic to write about.
It’s the Sheets
One of the major points in the wholesale bedding site, is that Bamboo grows extremely fast, needs no pesticides (vs. Cotton) and is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-allergenic! Read for yourself their sales pitch, it’ll make you want to buy a set!
“Wrap your self in the softness of the luxurious 100% silky bamboo sheets like those found in royalty homes. You won’t be able to go back to cotton sheets after trying these 100% bamboo sheets. Amazingly soft similar to cashmere of silk. 60% more absorbent than cotton. Sustainable, fast growth rate over 1 meter per day. Requires significantly less pesticides than cotton and is naturally irrigated. Natural anti-bacterial and deodorizing properties. * Extremely comfortable in all temperatures * Very environmentally friendly * Perfect for people with allergies and chemical sensitivity. * Bamboo is one of the softest fabric in the world, noticeably softer than cotton *Bamboo sheets naturally hug the body like Silk sheets do * Bamboo is grown without pesticides * Bamboo is highly resistant to dust mites * Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants becasue of it’s ability to absorb water and is thus a very environmentally friendly material. These are the ” Greenest Sheets” around. This explain why bamboo sheets wick so much water away from the body, keeping people dry and comfortable.”
Bamboo sheeting has been blogged about before on wordpress. This Eco-friendly Bamboo Sheet blog explains how the bamboo is made into sheets. It’s an interesting process!
I will only show the one site for these products because that’s the one my neighbor brought over. If you google bamboo flooring, you will find numerous sites, all the large box stores carry this product and there’s not just one supplier!
Looks good, wears forever and prevents our dwindling hardwood forests and rainforests from being ravaged by exploitation! And…it’s just a grass!
About Bamboo – The Plant
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world! Hence…it is a renewable resource like few others. It is used for clothing, paper, musical instruments, building materials, as a medicine, and eating just to name a few. It is amember of the Poaceae Grass Family. Kentucky Bluegrass is a distant relative!
In the culinary world, bamboo needs to be prepared carefully before you eat it. It is known to produce cyanide in the gut. That’s not good. But with proper preparation the shoots make up an ingredient that is used in cooking in many parts of the world! I think I’ve had a bamboo shoot a few times in my Chinese food!
Medicinally Bamboo (in Chinese Medicine) is used to treat infections and for general healing.
For a full read on Bamboo…see wiki
But What About Sugarcane?
Bamboo is not the only grass that is heavily used in our world. Sugarcane is the worlds largest crop with over 90 nations in the world producing and harvesting this sweet treat.
So lets celebrate the wonders of the common grasses of this world. Without grasses we would be in a world of hurt.
Shouldn’t there be a National Grass Day?