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Improve Your Well-Being with Bamboo!
Discover a few ways sustainable bamboo products help us to live healthier, happier and more comfortable lives.
Formaldehyde can occur naturally or be industrially created. Most modern homes contain at least trace amounts of the chemical — usually in cloth and wood adhesives. In higher concentrations (anything above 0.1 parts per million) formaldehyde can cause negative health effects such as difficulty breathing, throat irritation, and possibly cancer. Homes with recently installed pressed wood products tend to contain higher amounts of the chemical – typically 0.3 ppm. However, going green and cutting down on health risks is easier than you think! When selecting new plywood and other pressed wood products, opt for those with ultra low VOCs such as Cali Bamboo plywoods or decking. Learn more at the Environmental Protection Agency’s site.
The Smart and Green Fabric
Bamboo fabric is made by weaving the silky threads of fiber that come from pulping the plant’s stalks. Unlike synthetic fibers which contain petroleum additives, bamboo cloth is 100% biodegradable and can be discarded without harming the environment. Because bamboo fabric is so easy to dye it requires no harsh chemicals and much less water than more common dyeing methods. Porous bamboo fibers make the fabric extra breathable and four times more absorbent than cotton. They also contain a natural anti-microbial agent called “kun,” which prevents bacteria from forming, making bamboo clothing ideal for light, odor-free sportswear.
A Healthy New Supplement
New studies have shown there may be health benefits in consuming the extract from Moso bamboo leaves. (Moso bamboo is the variety which yields very strong, thick poles, used in many Cali Bamboo construction projects.) After receiving a grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers at the University of Hawaii Medical School ran tests on the extract and found it to contain substantial anti-oxidants, proteins, micro-nutrients, trace minerals, amino acids, carotenoids and soluble and insoluble fiber. The Hawaii scientists published a paper asserting the Moso leaves may inhibit breast cancer and relieve lipotoxicity – which can lead to diabetes. Other studies have shown the leaf extract to increase energy, aid in the prevention of heart disease, boost the immune system, and cleanse the colon.