There’s lots of us that are concerned about what is happening to our environment with all the new technologies being introduced every day, and yet we feel helpless to do anything. I figured out a while back that the best way that I can make a difference every day is to change the little things in my life. So that rather than feeling overwhelmed, I can feel like I’m making a difference every hour of every day.
So instead of feeling like I need to donate hundreds of dollars to my favorite non-profit, I can do things like purchase a bamboo blanket, or bamboo sheets, and feel like every time I use them, that I’m making a difference for the environment.
Lots of people ask, “Why bamboo? What’s so special about it? Why is it better than cotton?” I can answer these questions.
First off, did you know that bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world? I did. I knew it because I used to manage some properties in Santa Barbara and we were always having trouble with the bamboo growing over our metal roof – it would collect water and drip on the roof, and we had to replace the roof several times because it rusted out. And it seemed like no matter how many times we worked on it, the bamboo just kept growing back. That’s when I did a little research and found out that bamboo is the fastest growing plants on earth.
Because bamboo grows so quickly, it’s easy to replace when you harvest it. Unlike cryptobiotic soil, which literally takes hundreds of years to grow only a single inch, bamboo will grow 39 inches in just 24 hours. So you don’t have to worry about being greedy when you buy stuff made with bamboo fabrics. Because by the time the bamboo product reaches your house, you can bet that the stalk from which your product was made has already regrown itself three times over.
Bamboo can also be found in multiple climates, so that you don’t have to worry that producers could wipe out an entire forest overnight in the rush to create for we the consumers. Bamboo is most commonly found in eastern Asia down through Australia.
Now you probably feel great about bamboo as a natural resource, right? But you’re probably still wondering, “Why on earth would I want to purchase sheets or blankets made of bamboo?” Well, let me quell your fears. I know that bamboo seems like a hard plant when you touch it. You can knock on it all you want and get the satisfaction of hearing your fist making music. However, think about when running your fingers gently over a bamboo stalk – does it still feel hard? No it does not. That is because the bamboo fibers themselves are very soft, and thus make great sheets, blankets, etc. And you’ll have to take my word for it – the sheets and blankets that are made from bamboo really are extremely soft and comfortable.
So now you just need to know where you can buy these sorts of products. The best place to buy bamboo sheets and blankets today is online – department stores don’t really carry them. The best website that I’ve found is fiberelement.com. And if you want to know more about options for organic bedding, organic blankets, bamboo bedding, bamboo blankets, or bamboo linen sheets, then visit organicblanket.info. All of these websites will help you in your quest to make your difference in the world by saving the environment one bamboo product at a time.