There’s no secret about it. Bamboo is a highly sustainable, eco-friendly material that can be rapidly, affordably produced, and is very strong and durable. Not only that, but it is also easily biodegradable.
Here are some quick facts regarding bamboo which illustrate its viability as a renewable, sustainable resource.
Growth Rate and Sustainability
First off, bamboo grows very quickly. Under the right conditions, and with adequate food and water, the fastest-growing species of bamboo can grow up to 35 inches per day – that’s nearly three feet!
That is considerably faster than most if not all other forms of lumber. Considering the fact that bamboo is a grass and not a tree, this makes sense.
Also, bamboo is easy to propagate and can be planted via cuttings. Seeds are not required for propagation, and even one plant can send out runners to create new growth.
Nutrient and Water Consumption and Considerations
Bamboo needs a considerable amount of water and will feed readily in the presence of fertilizer or supplementary nutrition, but it also doesn’t necessarily require heavy fertilizer doses to flourish.
That’s good news for sustainability-minded producers who are concerned with water consumption and nitrogen contamination in runoffs that can cause algae blooms.
Bamboo Is a Highly Effective Carbon Sink
Another great thing about bamboo is that it is a highly effective carbon sink, absorbing as much as two times as much carbon dioxide (and thus, carbon) as most trees and other plants.
But there’s more – bamboo also releases vast amounts of oxygen into the atmosphere. Bamboo may release as much as 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere than most other plants.
Sustainability is not simply about what quantity of resources is consumed during production. It also has to do with what happens with that product after it has lived out its useful lifespan.
Fortunately, bamboo is safe for the environment as well as readily biodegradable. Unlike some synthetic materials, such as PVC, bamboo does not release toxic chemicals as it biodegrades, and moreover, it biodegrades quickly.
In fact, bamboo products typically break down in under a year, under the right conditions. Even in conditions that don’t favor biodegradation, bamboo still typically breaks down in under 10 years.
It’s also worth noting that bamboo is beneficial to the environment in other ways, too. For instance, bamboo has a surprisingly strong root system, which helps to prevent soil erosion.
Strength, Weight, and Durability
Bamboo is also very light, strong, durable, and effective for a wide range of uses. It is considerably lighter than steel, and though its mechanical strength is lower, its tensile strength is higher.
Bamboo is also highly durable and resistant to a wide range of stressors, both physical and environmental.
Consequently, bamboo is being increasingly used for the production of a wide range of industrial and consumer goods. It is used to produce everything from culinary implements to bedsheets to construction materials and everything in between.
One company, Imprint Plus, is putting bamboo to use for an even more unique purpose: professional name tags.
One Company’s Vision: Name Tags Made with Bamboo
Imprint Plus, the creator of the Bamboo Name Badge, is putting this miraculous material to work for a creative purpose: improving branding and enhancing customer communication and engagement.
The Bamboo Name Badge, available online at imprintplus.com, can be cut into custom shapes and is fully customizable with names, titles, logos, and more. They can be either laser engraved or digitally UV printed in full color and are available either as magnetic name badges or with pin fasteners.
These high-quality name badges are durable, long-lasting, lightweight, and unique – and, most importantly, can help support green initiatives for all of the reasons outlined in this article, and more.
To learn more about these unique name tags, visit imprintplus.com or get in contact with their customer service department at