We found this growing down the road from us and stopped to take a photo. The folks that are growing it were chopping some down that day and stripping it a bit. We saw they had used them as stakes in their garden. Wonder what else they are using it for?
Bamboo is really interesting stuff. Classified as a perennial evergreens, bamboos are some of the fastest growing plants in the world; some growing as fast as up to 100 cm (39 in) within a 24 hour period. (Bet that was another type than the ones we saw, but wow!)
Bamboo has been used for centuries in building materials in Asia and the South Pacific regions; and more recently in materials in other countries. It's sustainable in that it's a very renewable source, since it grows rapidly; making it a desirable material for the eco-friendliness.
New shoots are used in Asian cuisine and also used in Chinese medicinal herbs concoctions. In it's mature form, it's also used in clothing, shoes, furniture, water processing, landscaping, paper, kitchen utensils, flooring, fences and even as construction for bicycles. And that's just the beginning!
Bamboo is now also used in a wide variety of dog products, too!
Our Raise A Green Dog Partners carry some of the most fun, unique, healthy and interesting dog products made of bamboo.
Eco-Dogs.com carries the Doggone Smart Bed which is made of 100% organic cotton/bamboo fabric dyed with all natural vegetable dyes. It provides a soft feel and durability; making it one of the world only fully biodegradable bed.
They also carry the every pupular Wagging Green line of dog collars made with a double layer of our super soft 100% organic Bamboo fiber; and very handsome, soft collars too.
Bamboo Bowls are made from bamboo and cooked rice husks. A much better choice over plastic bowls that can leach chemicals and harbor bacteria.
And this uber cute (great for the holiday season) Apple Red & Thyme Green Dog Knit Sweater, Apple Red stripes are made out of a mix of Viscose from Bamboo and Wool. Looks warm!
Raise A Green Dog Partner Uncommon Paws carries the very cool Planet Dog Wood Chuck with Orbee-Tuff RecycleBALL, engineered with sustainable Bamboo and Cork Scraps. It's a sleek take on other ball-tossing devices, Wood Chuck® bamboo core offers strength and maximum chuck-ability with an ergonomic cork handle for comfort and grip-ability throw, after throw.
PetsHeadToTail.com, another one of our pawsome partners, carries the OurPets Double Bamboo Bistro with Drawer - a very stylish and eco-friendly feeder that will look great in any green home! Designed with eco-friendly and attractive bamboo, Bamboo Bistro feeders are perfect for medium and large breed dogs and will look terrific in any home.
And our newest RAGD Partner - HappyDogsPlay has a very cute and loveable Organic Precious Pat Dog.
So you can see bamboo is a very eco-friendly, safe, healthy and sustainable material that can be used in a wide variety of products for your home, life and your dog!