Fascinated by Bamboo

Fascinated by Bamboo

The mainstream use of bamboo has made it incredibly easy to break the plastic habit. Here is why you should be fascinated by bamboo… 

Biodegradable. Antibacterial. Controls soil erosion. Purifying. Organic. These are only some of the reasons why bamboo is considered one of the most environmentally friendly materials in the world. Bamboo absorbs more than two times more carbon dioxide than trees. It is much more sustainable than plastic and paper because of how fast it grows – and it requires no fertilizers or watering to grow. As a matter of fact, it is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. Furthermore, bamboo provides a home and food, therefore protecting biodiversity for several endangered species and other animals.

It is an incredibly versatile material. Bamboo, when used as clothing, has the tendency to keep the skin cool and dry. As construction material, the strength of bamboo is measured with that of concrete and steel. Best of all, it is lightweight yet sturdy, therefore making it a great option as material used for homeware. Those bamboo cutting boards and utensils will last you for years.

9 awesome facts about bamboo that will completely knock your socks off.

  1. Thomas Edison used bamboo filaments in his first light bulbs in 1880. Get this! One of those bulbs is STILL in workable condition at Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
  2. Naturally anti-bacterial, and it is capable of preventing over 70% of bacteria that tries to grow on it, even when it is in its fiber form.
  3. Some bamboo species are edible. In several Asian countries, bamboo shoots are pickled or eaten straight or cooked. They are even dried and powdered and added to soups and other flours. Edible bamboo has several health benefits and therapeutic properties as it is loaded with proteins, minerals, and fiber.
  4. In Chinese culture, Bamboo is a symbol od durability, strength, resilience, and flexibility.
  5. According to Feng Shui, bamboo plants are lucky. They embody all five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water) and they attract positive energy, abundance, and prosperity --- as long as you place the plant correctly. …Perhaps that is a topic for another time.
  6. In Ayurvedic practice, bamboo shoots are used as a potent medication to help with growth and height as it is seen to add strength to the body.
  7. Bamboo fibers are the better hypoallergenic choice than most animal-based fabrics.
  8. Being a renewable source, it will continue to grow new shoots from its roots – no additional planting or cultivation required.
  9. After the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, bamboo was the first plant to re-sprout.

Got time for a story?

Bamboo plays a great role in folklore in the Far East, and there are some beautiful and wonderful stories to explore. One such tale originates from Japan… Here is the Tale of Princes Kaguya.

Long, long ago, a beautiful princess was living inside a bamboo stalk as a baby. The bamboo stalk was infused with magic and therefore glowed bright and strong. One day, a poor and childless bamboo cutter and his wife happen to be working nearby, and they discovered this glowing bamboo stalk – so they cut it down, and instantly found the child. The couple instantly decided to take the girl home and raise her as their own. At the time they cut down the bamboo stalk, they realized the root of the stalk had gold embedded in it. They sold the gold and instantly became rich.

As the princess grew up into a beautiful girl, tales of her beauty began to spread across the kingdom. But there was something strange about the girl. On moonlit nights, she would stare at the moon and cry. One day, her parents, worried about their daughter, asked her why she becomes sad when she sees the moon. To this the girl replied, “Actually, I came from the moon. My king sent me here and one day I have to go back. The earth is so beautiful, and I will miss it and also you, my earth parents, who have loved me all these years and taken such good care of me.”

Having heard about this beautiful girl, the emperor of the kingdom met her and they fell in love with each other. He found out that she is from the moon, and that she must return one day. He did everything he could to stop her departure, but it was something out of their control.

On the day the princess was to return to the moon, the emperor posted several guards to protect her from the moon people. When the time came, the earth filled with a bright light, blinding all the guards. The princess announced that she must return despite the fact that she does not want to leave her Earth family and friends behind. Before she left, she granted the emperor the Elixir of Eternal Life. He refused to drink it as it would mean he would have to live without her. The princess was transported back to the moon on a moonbeam.

The emperor took the Elixir of life to the top of Mount Fuji to destroy it by burning it. The smoke from that burning still rises today atop Mount Fuji.

 

Do you know any other great stories and fascinating facts about bamboo? Tell us below.


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