Amazing Uses Of Bamboo

With a vast increasing population, the demand for new housing and consumables is diminishing Africa’s forests. Trees are vital for our planet’s survival especially for cleaning the air and our environment from all the toxic gasses. Tree overage has decreased from 35% to a mere 3% in the last decade. By using products made from bamboo instead of hardwood, you can make a difference. Read on, see the various uses of bamboo and save the planet, one tree at a time.

Nothing can beat the look, feel and smell of wood, but let’s face it, if the demand of wood doesn’t decrease, the cutting down of trees wouldn’t either. To give the earth a bit of a break, start using alternatives such as plastic toothpicks or go digital to save paper. However, I will not tell you to stop braaiing, because it’s what we do!

Did you know that 70 hectares of bamboo could produce enough material to build 1000 houses?

Bamboo does not need pesticides or herbicides to grow. Similar to grass, bamboo grows from its roots and, unlike hardwood trees, it grows back after it has been cut and can be harvested every year thereafter. Bamboo grows much faster than trees and takes between three to six years to mature.

Here are a list of things bamboo is used for, so the next time you go shopping, try to look out for alternative products made from bamboo instead of trees;

Functional Uses of Bamboo

Domestic and home uses

Kitchenware and utensils

Craft beautiful furniture out of bamboo

Makes beautiful hardwood flooring

Used in various cosmetic products and deodorants

Office use

Bamboo provides high quality pulp used for making paper

Pen, USB casings and various other stationary items are made from bamboo

Medicinal healing

Bamboo sprouts can be helpful in treating ulcers and wounds

Bamboo extract is used to treat various inflammations

The roots and leaves are used for treating venereal diseases

Used as an abortifacient for kidney diseases

Used to treat infantile epilepsy

Building material

Building materials used in construction

Used to reinforce roads and bridges

Used as eco-friendly and more cost-effective scaffolding

Bamboo stems are used to make fences, roofs and roof tiles

Food preservative

Used in food as a natural food preservative because the bamboo skin prevents bacteria from growing.

Clothing and accessories

Bamboo makes a strong and durable fabric with a long-lasting antibacterial quality and is therefore used to make clothing as well as rugs.

Made into accessories such as necklaces, earrings and other types of jewellery

Tools and equipment

Bamboo is used in making weapons as well as handicrafts

The stems of bamboo are used to weave strong and durable baskets

Crafting musical instruments

Farming

Bamboo roots enrich the soil by drawing up heavy metals from the ground

The roots holds the soil together and draws the water closer to the surface which can benefit other nearby plants

Bamboo is planted on steep slopes or riverbanks to help prevent erosion and mudslides

Bamboo shoots are planted as boundary markers to help support banana trees

Charcoal is made from the pyroligneous acid extracted from the bamboo which is then used in insecticides


Mixing Prints in Decorating Your Homes

Keeping your homes looking interesting every now and then can sometimes be costly. However, you can still update the look of your homes constantly or even according to the trend without having to hurt your budget by mixing prints and colors for the accessories and décor that you have at home.

Place crazy and fun prints to your home without making them look less sophisticated and sleek with these simple tips.

Hold it together

You should always have a unifying element when it comes to the choices of color and print for your home. This can be a color, shape of theme. Polka dots work well with rose-printed fabric because the dots can pick up the shape of the roses. Meanwhile checkered design and leopard print rarely compliments each other as they are too different from each other. Even while playing with prints, it is still important to find even a single similarity among the combinations that you intend to use for your décor at home.

Have a “solid” steady support

It is still important to have solid hues that go in harmony with the rest of the colors and prints that you have at home. If you are going to have big patterned pillows, your background should be a plain sofa and vice versa. Always have a solid color as the contrast that you will use to make your printed design stand out.

Contrast and complement

Identify which colors go well together. The color wheel chart is a very effective tool you can use to achieve such. You can also play with the size of the prints and patterns to create contrast. You can have Chevron stripes work together with small dots as an example. Try to veer away from mixing overly graphic and big prints.

Tell a story

Working with patterns is like telling a story in different layers. Start with one pattern and build it up with more patters as you go along with your design. This will make more perfect sense once you’re done.

Always have a focal point

Use a mix of patterns in one area but always have one item that pops against the rest of the items in the area. This is your focal point. A perfect example would be a kidney pillow over a coordinated bed linen or an abstract painting hanged on a big white wall.

The way you decorate your home is an adventure and a challenge that is worthy of your time and effort to explore. As you discover new themes and designing techniques for your home, your taste when it comes to home design and furnishing also improves.