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Friday, February 5, 2010

Bamboo Furniture and Ect.

I go weak in the knees when it comes to bamboo furniture.

In Texas you know better then to grow bamboo because it is extremely invasive,
it spreads like a wild fire. All the better reason to grow it and
stop cutting down our precious forests.

Image via Barclay Butera.

Image via Coastal Living.

One thing I do not understand is, why bamboo furniture is so expensive and hard to find if the materials are so readily available and inexpensive?

Image via Etsy, Baby Boomba.
While researching this post on bamboo, I found loads more products that are made from the renewable source. It makes a beautiful silky fiber that is very absorbent. I found everything on Etsy from baby blankets, diapers, maxi pads to evening gowns. Click here to see what I mean.

Image via Gulu Hope.
This one lit up my heart. A bamboo bike, amazing. Just think of the possibilities.

Image via Kaia.

These are facial cleansing cloths made from, you guessed it, bamboo. And here is more info that I found on the Kaia site about bamboo. Very interesting.
Bamboo is the ultimate renewable resource in the natural fiber market, as it is a grass that grows quickly and requires no irrigation or fertilization. Known as the fastest growing plant in the world, bamboo reaches maturity in 3-4 years vs. 70 years for most trees. Thanks to inherent biological traits that protect it from pests and pathogens, bamboo doesn't require pesticides. Through its natural ability to eliminate bacteria, biodegradable bamboo stays fresher and odor free for longer and is more hygienic and healthier than any other fiber. In China, bamboo fiber is used to make medical gowns and slippers, as it is naturally antimicrobial and perfect for a sterile hospital environment.


Ange said...

Good grief, why aren't we doing more with this incredible natural resource?!?!
I love bamboo furniture too:o)

Jules said...

We have towels that are bamboo and cotton and they just absorb the water as you pat yourself dry. I am a great believer in bamboo. If you do want to grow it legally (!!!) the clumping bamboo doesn't spread the way running bamboo does. The magnificent black bamboo is clumping. You go girl and push the idea of bamboo. I am behind you all the way!!!! Julienne

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Heidi,
I nrver knew that there were so many things made from bamboo. I have two really old bamboo tables...quite rickety now as they are Edwardian, but I don't mind. I love them.I will look out for more bamboo products now. XXXX

Sonia said...

I love bamboo furniture as well! Just found a gorgeous real bamboo coffee table via Craigslist, in pristine shape.

Should I leave it as is? (Originally I thought I'd find faux bamboo and go black.)


El said...

I had no idea about bamboo. Thanks for the wonderful and informative post!

Millie said...

I discovered bamboo fibre bath towels a couple of years ago & will never buy anything else. They are as soft as clouds. I buy mine online at Baksana here in Oz.
Millie ^_^