Bamboo utensils have increasingly become more popular over the years. More and more people are turning to bamboo instead of wood for loads of reasons!
- Unlike wood, bamboo is not a tree, but actually a grass - but don't be fooled! Bamboo was actually used as reinforcement for concrete instead of steel at one point, and was also used to support bridges (comparably just as strong as steel).
- Bamboo can grow as much as 35 inches in 24 hours vs 3' to 4' per year for trees that harvest wood
- An entire bamboo forest can be regenerated in three to five years
- Bamboo reaches it's full level of maturity before harvesting - about 5-7 years (Wood is about 30 years until harvest)
- Because Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial & anti-fungal, bamboo is grown without the use of toxins, pesticides, or fertilizers, as opposed to wooden products.
- Bamboo is less porous than wood, making them water resistant and stain resistant.
- Bamboo is stronger than any oak, or wood, and actually has a higher *tensile strength than steel (Bamboo's tensile strength is 28,000 per square inch, and steel's strength is 23,000 per square inch)
- Absorbs very little moisture, so it won't shrink unlike it's wooden counterparts.
- Bamboo is harder than maple and oak which makes it the ideal material for a lighter weight, stronger, and superior choice for kitchen utensils and cutting boards when trying to decide between bamboo and wood.
*tensile strength definition: the resistance of a material to breaking under tension*
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