With a heart for the environment
It is 5 to 12 on the green clock of our beautiful planet - in seconds, mind you, not minutes. When we became really aware of this, sustainability became a matter of the heart for us and so our shop bambusliebe was born. Because environmental protection and a sustainable lifestyle are so important, we go one step further; with a proudly swollen chest, we joyfully call it out to the web worldwide: "Our new blog is here!"
The blog Pandafreunde enlightens, inspires and gives tips on sustainability in everyday life. Every week, we'll upload a new blog post for you, so you too can act according to the time of day. For example, by changing trains. Change - on your bike, on fabric bags, on bamboo. Determined action says more than words. Because words are enough, in the form of demands almost every Friday, in the form of phrases in election manifestos.
The curious thing is that there has been an Environment Day since 1972. The United Nations declared June 5th as Environment Day, following the opening of a United Nations conference held in Stockholm on that same day in 1972. The aim is to promote 'ecological courage' globally. For almost 50 years, the UN has therefore seen a need for action in climate, water and forest protection. In view of the current situation, it may now be extended to include the topic of biodiversity.
We felt the need to become active, to make a contribution and want to help so that everyone goes through life in a more sustainable way.
Green, green, green are all our products
In the fight against the plastic insanity, we have chosen bamboo as an alternative. Bamboo is the recyclable top star in the sky of renewable raw materials and provides many reasons to think it is great.
In botany, bamboo is a grass, not a wood, yet it is characterized by its hardwood properties. Bamboo is stable, resistant and sustainable. Of the lignifying giant grass, there are about 1400 varieties, which can be used in many different ways - depending on the desired use. Bamboo plants have an extensive underground root system (so-called rhizomes). From this root system, shoots emerge, from which new plants are constantly growing. That is why not the whole plant dies when a bamboo stalk is cut down, as we know it from trees. It is more like sawing a branch off a tree. Again and again new shoots are formed and this with a remarkable growth rate. There are some species that reach seven centimetres within an hour when growing. You could practically watch them grow. To spice up the dry theory a bit: the average height of an infant at birth is about 50 centimeters. If he were to continue growing at a bamboo-like speed now, he would already have reached a size of 2.18 m on the second day of life!
Back to the shoots of the bamboo. This has reached its final height after about 45 days and the stalk begins to lignify. After about five years the stalk can be cut down again. Tropical trees, on the other hand, need around 80 years to reach the right height for felling. Bamboo is therefore an almost rapidly renewable raw material, which produces more wood than trees can do.
Because of its impressive growth and bush-like form, bamboo stores a lot of CO2 compared to trees. This is good for our ecosystem and protects our climate. And because it is a natural product, bamboo is biodegradable.
When the atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima, the only plants that survived were bamboo and ginkgo. This amazing fact alone shows how tough this plant is.
Furthermore, bamboo simply has great material properties; it is hard and robust and at the same time light and elastic. This makes it a popular basic material for everyday and furnishing objects. Nowadays, there are even instruments, floors or bicycles made of bamboo.
Last but not least, its beautiful, natural design is attractive - the warm colours and the charisma.
Ah yes, is there actually one more thing you can say about bamboo that is antibacterial and delicious? Of course, only the bamboo shoots are tasty. All this shows how versatile our new favourite plant is.
So nature already provides us with the best and closest things. This makes it unnecessary to splash precious crude oil with additives (softeners etc.), to consume plastic en masse and thus destroy the environment. Perhaps the topic "plastic" may be slowly passing over to some people. The fact is, however, that the earth is extremely littered; even to such an extent that we spread plastic in the smallest form on our skin, wash it off again and thus put the plastic in water.
In Germany, the consumption of plastics is around 20 million tonnes per year, with an upward trend. No other country in Europe has such a consumption. Incidentally, only 2 percent of these tons of waste are recycled. This is because much of it is incinerated, which produces toxic fumes for humans and animals. Animals get tangled up in the waste masses or starve to death. And all this for products of mostly low quality, which are not used for long in a throw-away society, but then can hardly be recycled.
A vicious circle has been set in motion, which has become independent and is not without a certain irony. Because in the end the plastic waste ends up on our plates and in our glasses. It can be found in edible fish, mussels, water and sometimes also in milk and honey. This admixture contains harmful substances that attack the hormone balance or are known to be carcinogenic. So if one or the other does not care much about the environment, then surely his own life.
In 5 seconds it is 12:00 o'clock and if we do not act quickly differently, we poison ourselves. Through something more attentive, more conscious shopping, we can lead a life that is clearly freed from plastic.
Back to the roots or: The question whether everything was better in the past
In the past everything was better! Wasn't it? Everyone can look for an answer to this question for himself. But when it comes to sustainability, we can definitely take a leaf out of our grandparents' book, with the bamboo knife of course. The regional food was transported with "juten" bags or one went immediately with milk can and egg carton to the farmer around the corner. There was no fast fashion. The clothes were stuffed and what was still good was applied anyway. Pieces of furniture could be passed on to the next generation. Please do not misunderstand: This is not an appeal to start darning socks or the like again. But maybe it is time to think back a little. Yes, it is not easy. Not everyone lives in the city with an unpackaged store around the corner. But maybe he can get his potatoes from the farmer. If this first blog post is to be understood as an appeal, then to become active together with us. Because a lot of "a little bit" can have a colossal effect.
And sustainable products made of bamboo can be ordered by anyone anyway. 🙂