What’s so great about bamboo you ask? Well, this fastest growing plant on earth soaks up five times as much carbon dioxide as trees do. It also produces 35% more oxygen. Since it is a grass, it “grows like a weed,” and therefore it continually sprouts up from the same location. No replanting necessary! Bamboo needs no fertilizer, pesticides, or insecticides. Just a little rain water, and an extensive root system, does the trick of getting this plant to shoot up about 12 inches to 3 feet in a day. And what’s best about the fabric that’s produced from it…it’s biodegradable!
Bamboo vs. Cotton
Since bamboo mimics the upkeep of taking care of your lawn, its growth is very gentle on the environment.
Cotton, on the other hand, not so much. The production of cotton requires 10% of the world’s pesticides and 25% of the world’s insecticides; the majority of which are amongst the most toxic in the world – we’re talking WWII toxic nerve gas here!
To produce just one pound of cotton you need about 1/3 of a pound of chemical filled fertilizers and an obscene amount of water. And that would result in just one t-shirt. Plus, replanting is always needed.
Hands down, bamboo takes this round with a one two punch.