Bamboo as a Sustainable Resource

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Bamboo is an environmentally sustainable resource for many reasons. The most obvious reason to most is that bamboo grows incredibly rapidly. As a commercial crop, bamboo requires few farming inputs and starts to yield within just 4-5 years of planting.

Unlike cotton, bamboo plants thrive naturally without the use of harmful chemical pesticides that pollute the environment. The same ‘bamboo kun’ substance that gives finished bamboo products their antibacterial properties is what helps to keep bamboo plants healthy and strong without the use of pesticides.

Many countries are affected by drought and consumers in these areas are particularly aware of the need to conserve water. Bamboo does not require large amounts of water to grow and will grow happily in dry conditions.

Bamboo regenerates naturally and does not need replanting. It also has excellent soil retention properties due to its large and deep root system and helps to prevent soil erosion.

As a natural cellulose fibre, bamboo fabric can be 100% biodegraded in soil by micro-organisms and sunlight. The decomposition process does not cause any pollution in the environment so when your towels have finished their useful life within your home, they can be returned to the Earth naturally.

What Are Biofuels?

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Biofuels are fuels made from biomass. Biofuels could cover terms such as solid biomass, liquid fuels and some biogases. Biofuels are gaining popularity with the public due to a couple of certain factors. One of the main factors being the rise of oil prices driving the price of gas up. the other factors includes issues over greenhouse gas. With our fossil fuels being used up at a massive rate they will not last forever. we will take a look at a couple types of biofuel.

Bioethanol is made from the sugar components of plants. this biofuel is mostly made from sugar and starch crops. Crops like sugarcane and corn. With the advance of technology biomass is made from trees and grasses. Ethanol can be used as a fuel in it’s full form. It is usually used as and additive to gasoline to help performance and control emissions. Bioethanol is used widely in the United States.

Biodiesel is vegetable oil and recycled grease. Biodiesel can also be used in it’s full form also. It also is commonly used as and additive to diesel. This helps to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide and hydro carbons from diesel powered vehicles. At Northshore Technical College campus in Bogalusa, La. where autocad and construction classes are taught, the diesel mechanic department is currently experimenting with a diesel truck using recycled grease from a local restaurant. One funny thing about this vehicle it smells like fried chicken when it is running.

There are pros and cons when it comes to any kind of technology. Let us take at some pros and cons when it comes to biofuel:

PROS:
It will definitely help to keep our environment clean by lowering emissions.
It will reduce our dependent on fossil fuels that cannot be replaced. Look at the great amount of this non-renewable resource that we are quickly depleting away.
It will help also help our air to be cleaner.
Help reduce the rising price of oil.
Help us not to be so dependent on foreign oil.

CONS:
Studies have shown that it takes about as much energy to produce as the process produces. In other words you get out the same energy as it takes to produce biofuels so we really aren’t saving much here.

The more the resources such as wheat and rice and corn are used it will drive up the prices of food. To produce 5% biofuel it takes uses as much as 50% of that particular crop. That is a huge amount to pay for the amount of return you get.

Just like any other step we take to try to conserve and make our world a better place and cleaner place to live there will always be a challenge before us. Eventually we will have to turn to renewable resources whatever the cost may be because one day the non-renewable resources will be gone. I am well behind the study of biofuels to help make it in a more feasible manner so that everyone can benefit.

Bamboo Fibre Being Used More in Home Textiles

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Bamboo fiber has many exciting properties that make it ideal for processing into bath towels, other home textiles and items of apparel.

Bamboo towels are irresistibly soft and smooth to the touch and will pamper you while caring for our environment. Bamboo has a natural sheen that feels more like silk or cashmere yet has the advantage of being tough and durable. Bamboo’s strength and softness is maintained over time.

Bamboo towels will have you feeling dryer faster because they are highly water absorbent. Able to absorb up to three times their weight in water, bamboo towels clearly distinguish themselves from their cotton counterparts. The cross section of the bamboo fiber is filled with various micro-gaps and micro-holes that enable the fibers to absorb and evaporate moisture very quickly.

Ideal for those with sensitive skin, bamboo towels are naturally hypoallergenic. Bamboo fiber is naturally smooth and round without chemical treatment, meaning there are no sharp spurs or harsh chemicals which may irritate the skin. Many people who experience allergic reactions to other natural fibers, such as wool or hemp, do not complain of this issue with bamboo. If bamboo towels are left damp they will not start to smell, unlike cotton towels. This is because, incredibly, bamboo fabric possesses excellent natural anti-bacterial and deodorizing properties.

Scientists have found that bamboo contains a unique anti-bacterial and bacteriostasis bio-agent called ‘bamboo-kun’. This substance is maintained in the finished bamboo fabric as it is bound tightly to the bamboo cellulose molecular structure.

The Japanese Textile Inspection Association found that even after bamboo fabric had been washed 50 times (that’s say once a week for almost a year!) it still possessed excellent anti-bacterial and bacteriostasis functions. It’s test results showed that over 70% of bacteria incubated on bamboo fiber fabric did not survive. Bamboo fiber is clearly the way of the future when it comes to towels!