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It’s no secret- there’s a lot of garbage out there. From plastic bags and bottles to forest-guzzling paper mills, everyday products are wreaking havoc on our environment in a plethora of ways. Fortunately, people are becoming increasingly aware of this. The necessity for sustainable, earth-friendly and recyclable materials in the manufacture of everyday items has become apparent, and consumer demands are increasing as a result.

Enter Bamboo. Having existed as an alternative material for millenniums, this amazingly strong and versatile plant is a naturally Eco-friendly resource. Cultivating bamboo requires no pesticides, herbicides or irrigation, and instead relies on natural rainfall. Just like the lawn in your backyard, bamboo has a self-replenishing growth cycle, so no need for replanting activities that result in soil erosion or damage to the surrounding environment. Furthermore, bamboo produces up to 35% more oxygen than trees, thus helping to offset carbon-dioxide emissions. It’s easy to see why bamboo is a favorite when it comes to sustainable materials.

(Please Note: There are some concerns that certain methods of processing and manufacturing bamboo are less-than-eco-friendly, as they require the use of chemicals and dyes. It should be noted, however, that the positives largely outweigh the negatives here. Many companies already use- or are seeking to use- methods that minimize harm to the environment at every stage of production.)

From bathrooms and bedrooms to buildings and boats, the possibilities are endless. Here are some of the best products that bamboo has to offer.

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