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Can You Eat Bamboo Shoots?

Not all bamboo shoots are edible. Of the 1700 different kinds of bamboo plants, less than 200 are considered edible. 

Yet only a handful are delicious, they can be eaten raw or cooked.

Most of the are bitter and require thorough preparations before cooking and eating.

bamboo shoots you can eat
Dendrocalamus giganteus Giant Bamboo Shoot

10 edible bamboo shoots

These 10 edible bamboo plants grow in the UK, either in gardens or in botanical gardens as exotic tropical plants. You can actually grow them.

Most are featured here at Garden Bamboo Plants, follow the links for more details.

Delicious 

  • Phyllostachys flexuosa Sinuate Bamboo [5/5]
  • Phyllostachys vivax Chinese Timber Bamboo [5/5]
  • Chimonobambusa tumidissinoda Walking Stick Bamboo [5/5]
  • Phyllostachys nuda Nude Sheath Bamboo [5/5]
Can you eat bamboo
Phyllostachys vivax Chinese Timber Bamboo Shoot

Good

  • Bamboo Phyllostachys Sulphurea Viridis [4/5]
  • Dendrocalamus giganteus Giant Bamboo [4/5]
  • Phyllostachys edulis Moso Bamboo [4/5]

Edible

  • Phyllostachys atrovaginata Incense Bamboo [3/5]
  • Fargesia robusta Umbrella Bamboo [3/5]
  • Bambusa vulgaris Common Bamboo [3/5]

For more on edible ratings, check out this website https://www.guaduabamboo.com/blog/edible-bamboo-species.

Edible bamboo shoots UK
Bambusa vulgaris Common Bamboo Shoots

Bamboo plants for sale, UK

Here is where to buy the clump-forming bamboo plants online 

We listed some top UK Home and Garden bamboo suppliers like Crocus and YouGarden.

Also, check out Amazon bamboo suppliers.

When to harvest bamboo shoots?

New shoots can be harvested for culinary uses. 

There is approximately a three-year lead time before the edible bamboo plants reach harvestable growths.

Thereafter the plants will continue to produce new shoots every spring and throughout summer.

This will continue for the 60-80 years lifespan of the bamboo plant. 

Bamboo shoot nutrition facts

Bamboo shoots are high in fibres. They also contain calories, carbohydrates and a minute amount of potassium and manganese.

The edible bamboo shoots are great fibre supplements.

are bamboo bamboo shoot edible?
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Dried bamboo shoots

Dried bamboo shoots are a traditional ingredient in many Asian cuisines.

They have unique flavours, high in fibre and nutrients. 

Some dishes are cooked with duck, pork and also fish or beef are tasty and delicious.

Benefits of Bamboo Past, Present and Future

Bamboo products are increasingly becoming a viable alternative to plastic. Fast-growing and biodegradable, bamboo provides a source of sustainable products.

Benefits of Bamboo Past, Present and Future

Benefits of bamboo (past, present & future)

Bamboo is the biggest grass species which has over 1,500 species and varied cultivars. Some giant timber bamboo plants can reach heights of more than 20 metres.

One of the world's fastest-growing plants can grow up to 1.5 metres per day.

Historical benefits - (past)

In South East Asia and Oceania, bamboo plants are valuable, used in gardens, buildings and constructions and as a form of transportation.

Many traditional tribes still use them to make bows and arrows, combs, flutes and arts and crafts.

Also, some bamboo varieties are edible and a substantial food source for panda bears and humans.

Bamboo bathroom and home products - (present)

Bamboo products such as kid's cutleries, bowls, cups, straws and cutting boards are a few examples of alternatives to plastic products.

Bamboo has natural antibacterial qualities and fantastic material for everyday home products.

Toothbrushes are necessary for maintaining oral hygiene, but the amount of plastic waste generated is worrying.

According to estimates, over 1 billion toothbrushes with non-biodegradable plastic handles and bristles add to the environmental pollution this year.

Many people are using eco-friendly toothbrushes to reduce plastic waste. 

Bamboo toothbrushes are an excellent sustainable option.

Re-afforestation (future)

Bamboos are vital plants for afforestation because they can thrive in harsh environments, is fast-growing and tends to grow in large numbers.

They are also good substitutes for slow-growing trees.

World Bamboo Day 2022 - It is Time to Grow Bamboo

World Bamboo Day is celebrated annually on the 18th of September. The theme for this year is 'It is Time to Grow Bamboo'. Use the hashtag #GrowBamboo when celebrating the 2022WBD.

It aims to raise awareness about the importance of conserving bamboo plants and promote the bamboo industry. 

World Bamboo Day 2022

Importance of bamboo plants

Bamboo plants have been used by many indigenous communities for sustainable living. They are used in arts and crafts, as building and construction materials, as food etc. The uses are limitless.

Today, bamboo plants are used as raw materials for producing products like paper and furniture. 

The numerous bamboo plants with their evergreen lush foliage have made them useful outdoors garden plants.

Bamboo plants have a peculiar growth pattern. The regenerative behaviour puts them among the top oxygen-producing plants and air purifiers.

Rapid growth in the demand for bamboo products, urbanisation and deforestation has seen a decline in bamboo plants in Asia, Africa and Oceania where they are endemic.

There is a need to conserve bamboo plants and promote their sustainability in the bamboo industry. 

Aims of World Bamboo Day

World Bamboo Day (WBD) aims to 

  • raise awareness about the potential of bamboo plants, 
  • protect their environments and 
  • ensure sustainable use of bamboo. 

World Bamboo Day 2022

  • Event: World Bamboo Day
  • Date: Sunday, 18th of September, 2022
  • 2022 Theme: It is time to plant bamboo
  • Social Sharing Hashtag: #PlantBamboo
  • Observed: Worldwide
World Bamboo day 2022

We are featuring a new collection of bamboo hashtag #KnowThisBamboo to celebrate #WorldBambooDay.

Short videos of #bamboo to help you ID them are coming out everyday, this month and next.

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World Bamboo Day Initiative

World Bamboo Day was an initiative of the World Bamboo Organisation, in 2009 at the 8th World Bamboo Congress held in Bangkok. 

Delegates from almost 100 countries attended the event and agreed to mark the 18th of September every year as World Bamboo Day.

Here is what the WBO said about this special day

''World Bamboo Day is a day of celebration to increase the awareness of bamboo globally. Where bamboo grows naturally, bamboo has been a daily element, but its utilization has not always been sustainable due to exploitation. The World Bamboo Organization aims to bring the potential of bamboo to a more elevated exposure – to protect natural resources and the environment, to ensure sustainable utilization, to promote new cultivation of bamboo for new industries in regions around the world, as well as promote traditional uses locally for community economic development.'' [WBO website accessed 01/09/2022]

World Bamboo Day FAQs

When is World Bamboo Day observed?

World Bamboo Day is observed annually on the 18th of September. 

What is the aim of World Bamboo Day?

It aims to raise awareness about the importance of conserving bamboo plants and promote the bamboo industry.

When was World Bamboo Day initiated? 

It was initiated in 2009. 

Which organisation started World Bamboo Day?

It was an initiative of the World Bamboo Organization.

Is bamboo as strong as steel and concrete?

As a construction material, the tensile strength of bamboo is as strong as steel and sturdier than concrete.

MORE BAMBOO FAQs at GardenBambooPlants.com

How quickly does bamboo grow? 

At Kew Indoor Palm House, the giant bamboos grow grows to 2.4 metres in just 16 days, that's 15 cm per day.

Bamboo fence rolls for windbreak and privacy screens

The bamboo fencing rolls provide quick covers from unsightly structures and give the outdoor spaces a natural appearance. It is easy to set up. 

In this article, you'll find out how to build an ideal windbreak or privacy screen using bamboo fence rolls.  

Buy tall bamboo fencing rolls at Thompson and Morgan

bamboo fence roll UK

Tools and materials

Here are 10 tools and materials you'll need to put up the bamboo fencing rolls. Tools: (Check out Bamboo Digging and Cutting Tools)
  1. Shovel
  2. Hammer
  3. Handsaw
  4. Secateurs
  5. Tape measure
Materials:
  1. Nails
  2. Cement
  3. Cable tie/wire
  4. Round treated posts
  5. Bamboo stains/Fence paints. Get them at B&Q DIY
  6. Bamboo fence screening panels/bamboo fencing rolls. Get them at Crocus UK

Build strong a bamboo fencing

The bamboo screening panels and rolls are beautiful products, they attach easily to existing fences. 

The screens are also strong enough to use as standalone fences. 

Use a few supporting 2 x 1 round posts at intervals to build the frame for the bamboo fences. 

The bamboo screen rolls range from 1 metre to 4 metres high with variable widths. 

It's up to you to cut the bamboo rolls to fit sections of the fence.
When cutting the bamboo rolls, be careful not to destroy the wire loop. In addition, paint the bamboo rolls with bamboo stains or fence paints
As mentioned earlier, a bamboo screen can last up to 10 years, even more, if it is well protected from the elements. 

Many bamboo fence screening customers prefer the 1.5 metres and 2 metres bamboo screening panels/rolls for fences that are 3 metres to 6 metres tall.

Check out How to Build Bamboo Fence like a Pro for quick tips.

Bamboo fence rolls for windbreak and privacy screens

There are two common ways to set up bamboo privacy fencing, either attach them to an existing fence or as a standalone structure. 

In brief, an ideal bamboo fence screening should
  • be treated to protect against wind and weather;
  • cover the designated area or cut to fit perfectly;
  • be well packaged and delivered to the customer; and
  • have strong structural support.

Bamboo baby plates with suction care

Bamboo baby plates are environmentally friendly and safe for babies. 

The plates are predominantly made from bamboo plants and do not contain artificial chemicals as plastic products do. 

The bamboo plates are durable, reusable and biodegradable

They are made from bamboo plants which are fast-growing and sustainable. 

Let’s dive in and find out how to take care of them.

 

bamboo baby plates with suctions

Buy bamboo baby plates with suctions

The suctions are a great feature of the bamboo plates because the ‘cute little hands’ will not remove them from the table. 

They are firm on flat surfaces and can withstand the forces exerted on them. 

You can buy eco-friendly baby plates online or in-store. 

Here are some UK-leading sustainable product shops. The plates are fitted with silicone suction rings. Perfect for babies.

How to wash bamboo baby plates?

Handwashing bamboo plates in warm soapy water is the best way to clean them. 

Some parents tend to use vinegar or lemon instead of dishwashing liquid which is perfectly fine. 

Before washing, remove the silicone ring suctions and soak all the parts in warm soapy (lemon or vinegar) water. 

Wash and dry immediately as water will find its way through the bamboo fibres if left to soak for hours. This can cause cracks and splits.

Ensure that the storage area is dry and free of dust and dampness.
Some bamboo-based products are clearly indicated to be hand-wash only and not suitable for the dishwasher or microwave. Please read the item description prior to buying it.

Bamboo plates do not like hot water

The bamboo products are generally tough, but they will not last long if washed in hot water. 

Hot water can cause the bamboo plates to expand, crack and eventually split, damaging the plates completely. 

Therefore, it is better to always wash the plates in lukewarm water. (See below for more info on how to safely wash the plates) 
Bamboo eco-Products: We have handpicked a collection of bamboo products based on the fact they are durable, sustainable and environmentally friendly. See them all here - Bamboo eco-Products

bamboo baby suction plates and toddler baby bamboo sets Bamboo Baby Weaning Bowl and Spoon Set | IMAGE: Suusco

Are baby bamboo plates dishwasher and microwave safe?

Generally, not all but some baby bamboo plates and other bamboo-based products can tolerate dishwasher and microwave temperatures up to 100 degrees Celsius.

Wash the baby bamboo plates and bamboo sets in warm soapy water, even though some bamboo-based products are dishwasher and microwave safe. 

Also, please avoid putting the baby plates in boiling water, oven and microwave oven. 

This will keep the plates in an immaculate condition and will also last longer.

How to clean bamboo baby plates?

Most bamboo baby plates are not dishwasher friendly. So wash immediately after use. 

Here are the steps for cleaning the baby plates.
  • Remove the silicone suctions.
  • Soak in soapy warm water for 5 minutes (use lemon juice or vinegar).
  • Wash with the soft side of the sponge or cloth
  • Rinse in warm water.
  • Drain and dry immediately with a clean cloth.
  • Keep in dry and well-aerated storage.

Avoid cracks and splits in bamboo baby plates

Bamboo baby plates are durable, they can last for 2 years or more. 

However, the common concerns of using bamboo products are the cracks and splits.
The use of silicone suctions stops bamboo plates from being knocked off the table.
Also, bamboo cracks and splits often happen when the bamboo products are washed with boiling hot water or soaked for too long. 

So, taking care of bamboo products is to the parents and caregivers. The hints will help you to look after the bamboo baby products.

Reusable bamboo baby plates 

The suctions are an incredible feature for securing the plates in place. 

The plates should always be washed in warm soapy water. 

They are durable natural products, long-lasting, sustainable and above all better for the environment.

Reusable bamboo plates and bowls sets

Bamboo products are eco-friendly and sustainable.

In a world where plastic cutleries are taking over, we've got to look at alternatives that are friendly to the environment as well as sustainable

Bamboo products are great alternatives. Here are 5 ways where bamboo plates and bowls are fantastic alternatives to plactic cutleries.

bamboo baby suction plate sets
Bamboo Baby Weaning Bowl and Spoon Set | IMAGE: Suusco

Here are some UK-leading sustainable product shops. The plates are fitted with silicone suction rings. Perfect for babies. 

Features bamboo plate and bowls

  • Bamboos are tough plants

Bamboo products are becoming an essential part of families with young kids. 

These plates are made of a special type of large bamboo plant called the Timber Bamboo, tough, hardy and tolerant to pests and bugs. 

The bamboo products are tough and are tolerant to bugs that can spoil the products.
  • Strong and durable

Technically, bamboo plants are grass. The plants have fibres (cellular walls) with no weak points like the trees. 

The plates and bowls made of bamboo are actually tough and durable. 

They are reusable for up to 2 years or even longer. (Read about How to Take Care of Bamboo Plates below).
  • Bamboo plates and bowls with suction

One of the great features of the bamboo plates is the silicone suctions underneath, made to attach the plates securely onto flat surfaces. 

In some plates and bowls, the suctions are also found on the sides to secure cups and water bottles. 

Look out for this special suction when buying bamboo sets.

The bamboo plate’s suction is a great feature of the bamboo plate because it makes it harder for the ‘cute little hands’ to knock it off the table or high chair.
  • Environmentally friendly

Unlike plastic plates, bamboo plate sets are biodegradable and environmentally friendly. 

These natural bamboo products will break down and turn into the soil in less than 5 years.
  • Sustainable product

Bamboo products come from Bamboo plants which are much more sustainable than plastic, including the other plant-based plates and bowls. 

The bamboo plants are fast-growing, renewable, and environmentally friendly. 

These plants are also known to absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide gas and produce more oxygen per square kilometre than the other plants.
Suusco UK has a wide range of eco-products made of bamboos, from toothbrushes to bamboo plates and bowls.

Bamboo Screen Fence Ideas and Checks

Bamboo canes and strips are great fencing materials because they are durable and naturally resistant to the elements. 

They come in different lengths and heights, suitable for any fencing requirement. 

But, bamboo fencing rolls needed to be checked thoroughly before setting up. 

In this article, we take a look at ideas and checks you should do when using bamboo for screen fencing.
These quality checks will help you to avoid any disappointments after setting up.
bamboo fence screening panels
 

How to set up a bamboo fence

There are two common ways to set up a bamboo fence, either attach them to an existing fence or build a standalone fence. 

An ideal bamboo fencing panels, bamboo fencinge rolls and splits should
  • cover the designated area;
  • be easy to cut to fit perfectly;
  • have strong structural support;
  • be treated to protect against wind and weather; and
  • be well packaged and delivered to the customer.

Buy 6ft/2m tall bamboo fencing rolls at Thompson and Morgan

Bamboo fence ideas and checks

The 7 DIY checks you should do before building a bamboo fence will help you build a stunning bamboo fence.

1) Dimensions of the bamboo fence

Find out both the width and the height of the bamboo screening product. 

Some retailers either only state the width or the height of the bamboo panel. 

Make sure that your know both the width and the height prior to buying the bamboo screen that can fit perfectly.

2) How is the bamboo delivered to you?

The bamboo fencing materials often gather dust and absorb moisture during storage. 

Moulds and rust can form very quickly when the bamboo screening supplies are stored longer in cool dark places. 

So always ensure that the products are delivered to you well packed and free of dust and moisture. 

Alternatively, pay a visit to your nearest DIY shop and check out the materials before purchasing.

3) Is the bamboo fence treated?

The untreated bamboo fence panels will blacken when expose to the weather. 

Also, the uncoated wires will also rust in time. 
The best thing to do is to ensure that the bamboo screening panels are treated, and panel wires are coated to protect the bamboo rolls. 
If treated well, these items can last up to 10 years, even longer. 

It is up to the shops to ensure that the brand-new bamboo screens are treated. 

But a clever customer should always ask about the quality of the bamboo screens before buying them.

4) Read the fencing instructions thoroughly

The bamboo fences are easy to put up but can be tricky to start with. 

You do not want to put it up and realise later that the fence is not standing up properly. 

 Read the instruction carefully before setting the bamboo screening panel.

5) Build 6ft/2m bamboo fencing to withstand the wind

Many bamboo fences are lightweight. They will collapse in strong winds if they are not set up correctly or in a windy site. To avoid that, set up the bamboo screens using strong posts.

6) Protect against weather and elements

Tall bamboo fencing, especially those built out of bamboo rolls, panels and spits, are susceptible to damp and wet conditions. 

The bamboo panels will eventually turn black or the wire rust when exposed to the elements. 

If this happens, repaint the fence with wood paints or bamboo stain.

7) Use stable lost posts as a support system

Bamboo rolls, panels and splits will require a firm support system. 

For a new standalone privacy screen, use treated (round) log posts to provide support and additional strength.

An updated version of this post is available here (How to use bamboo panels to build fence screening)

How to build a strong bamboo fencing

The bamboo fences and rolls are beautiful products. 

You can attach easily to existing fences, or use them as standalone fences with a few 2 x 1 round posts at intervals. 

The bamboo fences range from 1 metre to 4 metres in length with variable heights. 

The 2 m (6ft) bamboo fencing rolls are ideal for tall fences. 

You may have to cut to fit sections of the fence. 

Cut carefully so that you do not destroy the wire loop. 

Also, painted the bamboo rolls with bamboo stains or fence paints. 

As mentioned earlier, the bamboo screen can last up to 10 years, even more. 

Many gardeners and homeowners prefer the 1.5 metres and 2 metres bamboo screening panels/rolls to the taller ones. 

This is because they are well-spaced apart and provide great fence covers.

Bamboo fencing checks

In closure, ensure that the bamboo fencing materials are in good condition, well treated and can provide the privacy screening you want. 

Always, do the checks prior to buying the fencing materials online or check in-store. 

Bamboo sticks for plants in pots and garden

Find out about the uses of bamboo sticks

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How to make bamboo privacy fence from bamboo rolls

Bamboo rolls are quick to set up. They come in various lengths, are durable and can last up to 10 years, even more

bamboo fence screening panels - bamboo fence rolls


Build a bamboo privacy fence

The bamboo fences and rolls are beautiful products. 

You can attach easily to existing fences, or use them as standalone fences with a few 2 x 1 round posts at intervals. 

The fences range from 1 metre to 4 metres with variable widths and lengths. Ask at your local DIY shop if you need extended length.

You may have to cut to fit sections of the fence. Cut carefully so that you do not destroy the wire loop. 

In addition, paint the rolls with stains or fence paints. 
The bamboo privacy screen can last up to 10 years, even more. 
Many gardeners and homeowners prefer the 1.5 metres and 2 metres screening panels/rolls to the taller ones. 

This is because they are well-spaced apart and provide great fence covers.

How to use bamboo fencing rolls

are two common ways to set up bamboo privacy fencing, either attach them to an existing fence or as a standalone structure.

The best bamboo screening privacy panels (including the rolls and splits) must meet the 7 checkpoints discussed in this article. 

In brief, an ideal bamboo fence screening should
  • be treated to protect against wind and weather;
  • cover the designated area or cut to fit perfectly;
  • be well packaged and delivered to the customer; and
  • have strong structural support.

Addition info

If you have a bamboo grove in the garden, you can make a DIY bamboo fence and save money.

10 Bamboo DIY projects with pictures and videos

Start Garden Plants from Seed in Bamboo Propagator

Do you have thick bamboo canes? You can build a nice Bamboo Seed Propagator and grow your plants from seed in it.

Here is a quick guide to building one.

Start Garden Plants from Seed in Bamboo Propagator

Make seed propagator with lids

Seeds tend to germinate well in conditions where the soil is moist and nutrient-rich and the soil temperature is above 10 degrees Celcius. 

The Royal Horticultural  Society (RHS) has a detailed guide for sowing seeds here, RHS Germination Guide, PDF

The lids act as a greenhouse to maintain the temperature and humidity in the bamboo seed pots and trays. This encourages the seed to germinate. 

You can take the lids off when the germinating seeds reach a certain height and transplant them. 

Always put the lid back so that any seeds that remain will have to chance to grow.

DIY bamboo projects - hanging wall planters

Start Garden Plants from Seed in Bamboo Propagator


Wall planters are ideal for putting colours to a dull wall. 

Many of the metal wall planters are great but are also expensive. 

If you want to try a DIY wall hanging plant, making hanging wall planters an ideal option. 

There are two types of hanging wall planters that you can make: 
  • Vertical wall planters and
  • Horizontal wall planters
Take a look at the materials and steps for making the bamboo hanging wall planters

Bamboo art and craft ideas

The video shows how we used bamboo sticks to make a mini raft - see how it goes down the river.


Bamboo electric toothbrush heads replacement UK

The bamboo electric toothbrush heads are fantastic eco-friendly products. The toothbrush head and handle are made of bamboo. 

You can replace the plastic toothbrush head with a bamboo head or buy a new bamboo toothbrush set.
Should you use bamboo electric toothbrush heads? Let’s dive in and find out why these products are eco-friendly and sustainable, and also great for your oral health.

Bamboo electric toothbrush heads replacement

The good news is that you can get only the bamboo toothbrush heads replacement for your electric toothbrush, no need to buy a new set. 

However, it is not one-size-fits-all. 

Make sure the head is compatible with your current toothbrush. 

Some companies like The Truthbrush.com developed eco-friendly bamboo toothbrush heads that can fit popular electric toothbrushes like the Philips Sonicare brush. 

bamboo toothbrush heads The Truthbrush - See Link for more info

Here is where you can get the bamboo toothbrushes replacement heads and bamboo toothbrush gifts.

Electric toothbrush heads made of bamboo

The interest in electric toothbrushes has been growing exponentially in the UK in the last 5 years. 

Between 2017 and 2021, over 12 million adults used electric toothbrushes and replaced their heads 3 – 4 times a year. That's about 42 million toothbrush heads in 5 years. 

There are concerns that this has done more harm to the environment than good to people’s oral health. 

The good news is that new and eco-friendly options are available on the market in the last 2 years in the UK. 

They are predominantly made from bamboo, which is known to be the fastest-growing plant, and sustainable. 

Bamboo toothbrushes are also biodegradable. The toothbrushes' handles and replacement heads will break down and turn into the soil very quickly.
One point to note is that the bristles (brushes) are made of nylon, an eco-plastic product.

Recycle toothbrushes made of bamboo

Some reports indicated that replacing the plastic-made toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush has reduced the total amount of waste to about 30 percent. 

In fact, bamboo toothbrushes are not only recyclable but also biodegradable and break down within 3 – 5 years. 

When the nylon bristles wear out, cut them before binning them. The bamboo head can be placed in the garden bin they are natural wastes. 

The development, manufacture and use of bamboo toothbrushes, including the latest electric toothbrush with heads, are promising trends as far as reduction of waste is concerned.

How often do you need to change your toothbrush head?

Generally, dentists recommend changing the toothbrush head anytime between 2 – 4 months. 

There is no definite expiry or use-by date. The heads are expensive and therefore it is up to the users to decide when to replace them. 
As a rule of thumb, if it does not need replacing, do not replace it. The head made of bamboo are likely to wear within the timeframe of 2 – 4 months. 
A top tip is to always check the rim (the part that the main handle slips into fit). This joinery is susceptible to wear and tear (just like the plastic toothbrush) because of the vibrations.

Bamboo products are sustainable

Bamboos products are not only eco-friendly and durable, but they are also sustainable. 

Many green companies in the UK are sourcing these products from communities and organisations that are working to protect the environment. 

As a bamboo info-site, we know how fast bamboo grows. 

It has the potential to be the go-to raw (eco-friendly and sustainable) material to replace the depleting trees and forests. 

Bamboo electric toothbrushes UK

The number of toothbrushes in landfills is staggering.  A Nat Geo survey revealed that hundreds of toothbrushes are often found by beach cleaners in Hawaii. 

It is now one of the main trash washed up on the beaches. Some companies in the UK are developing toothbrushes with bamboo handles
bamboo electric toothbrush UK

 
You can now get a bamboo toothbrush set or head replacement made of bamboo online or in-store.  Here is a UK main supplier of Bamboo based bathroom accessories - Truthbrush
The nylon bristles can be cut off and discarded as landfill wastes, whereas the bamboo handle and head are returned as garden waste. 

The bamboo electric toothbrush, like the Solid Toothbrush Heads, are eco-friendly. The replacement heads are made from durable bamboo and last longer. 

Two heads can last for 6 months or more. The bamboo toothbrushes with removable heads are fantastic products for replacing plastic heads.

 A conventional toothbrush is unrecyclable because the plastics in them are difficult, if not impossible, to break down efficiently. 


 Since 2017, it is estimated that over 12 million people in the UK were using electric toothbrushes. Though they are recyclable, they are not environmentally friendly and are unsustainable.

Pros of using a Plastic toothbrush

  • Easy to find a head replacement.
  • Lasts longer than a bamboo toothbrush.
  • Works better than the handheld toothbrush.
  • Can withstand falls due to its plastic casing.

Cons of using a plastic toothbrush

  • Unrecyclable.
  • Unsustainable.
  • Staggering replacement rate of 4 – 5 times a year.
  • Plastic and battery add to the pollution and poisoning of the rivers and oceans.
You may want to check out the stunning bamboo plate and set for kids.

  Bamboo electrical toothbrush for sale in UK, US, NZ, Australia, Canada, Singapore 


Bamboo-based products UK

The current trend is promising. Many bamboo-based products are available online and in-store unlike 10 years ago.

There are cute products for kids and adults alike. Most are sourced from sustainable sources in Vietnam, Thailand and in the US.

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Bamboo Bathroom Accessories: Loofash, Safety razors, Toothbrushes, Soap dishes and Bags

The trend for bamboo bathroom accessories such as loofah, safety razors, toothbrushes, soap dishes and bags is growing as many people are learning about them. 

We take a look at 5 eco-friendly accessories for bathrooms made of bamboo and are 100% organic. 
Bamboo bathroom accessories UK

Bathroom accessories made from bamboo

 These products are highly sustainable and eco-friendly. 

You can see all the products on Jungle Culture's website
Jungle Culture is a dedicated supplier of bamboo products and other sustainable organic products like coconut bowls and many more. Click on the blue link (above) to go straight to the Shop page.
  • 1. Bamboo unisex safety razor: The bamboo safety razor is for both males and females. Its bamboo handle is durable, long and narrow and slim-fit. It also has a protective stainless-steel guard to prevent cuts and irritation and leaves tender soft skin after every shave.
  • 2. Bamboo toothbrushes: The bamboo toothbrush, as the name suggests, is made of 100% bamboo. This long handle is biodegradable, it can break down into soil very quickly because it's a natural plant-based product. This toothbrush has soft bristles that do the same job as plastic bristles. (Also see bamboo electric toothbrushes and bamboo heads on this website).
  • 3. Soap bag: 100% organic soap bag made of grass. This bag is ideal for storing soap, makeup and small perfumes. It also gives the bathroom a nice and clean appearance. Reusable.
  • 4. Soap dish made of bamboo: This eco-friendly product is a standout in the bathroom. The soap dish has holes at the bottom for water to drain off so that the soap remains solid. It is highly durable.
  • 5. Plant-based loofah body scrubbers: The organic loofahs are nice and soft on the body, 100% organic.

Why use bamboo home accessories?

The bamboo accessories are durable and long-lasting. One of the best things about bamboo accessories is that you’ll see their true beauty as they mature. 

The deep brown colour becomes prominent and gives it a peculiar, but stunning bamboo appearance. The downside is that bamboo home accessories are susceptible to wear and tear. 

In fact, like many other home accessories, they will wear in time. Perhaps it is important to note that bamboo accessories are biodegradable. 

And will turn to soil very quickly, whereas the other plastic bathroom accessories will *not* decompose.

Why do people say bamboo accessories are eco-friendly?

Bamboos can break down into soil very quickly. 

Some reports have indicated that it takes just 3 years for bamboo to decompose. Therefore, they are eco-friendly. 

Some accessories are 100% plant-based, including bamboo home accessories. For example, bamboo toothbrushes and soft bristles are eco-friendly products. 
But, some toothbrushes and electric toothbrush heads still have nylon bristles. Other products that have a combination of bamboo and other recycled materials include the stainless steel used on shavers and plastic and silicon suctions used in kids plates
 The development, manufacture and use the bamboo products is a promising start. 

Users have to be content because, at the least, these products are 90% eco-friendly. They are safe for the environment. 
If you are looking for bamboo-based accessories and bathroom products, check out The Towel Shop, they have a dedicated section for all-things bamboo. 

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Bamboo bathroom accessories made for bamboo are 100% organic, reusable and sustainable. Some examples include Loofash, Safety razors, Toothbrushes, Soap dishes and Bags.
The 5 bathroom accessories we featured are the best way to start your bathroom's organic collections. 

See all the eco-bamboo products from Jungle Culture.

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Is bamboo sustainable?

What makes bamboo sustainable as raw material, and are bamboo products sustainable? 

Two factors that stand out in the discussion of bamboo as a sustainable raw material are how fast it grows and its re-generative growth behaviour

is bamboo sustainable?

Is bamboo sustainable?

Bamboo is the (if not the) fastest-growing plant in a day. 

This is true according to the Guinness World Records Book. 

In natural conditions, bamboo plants can grow at an average rate of 91cm per day

At gardenbambooplants.com, we measured a typical Yellow Bamboo (Phyllostachys Areosulcata Aureculatis) to investigate how fast this bamboo grows in the UK in one growth year. 

We found out that it grew 1.43cm per day. This is fast compared to other garden and pot plants. 

Also, it can take 3 – 5 years for bamboo to reach maturity. 

This is why these plants are sustainable – they grow and regenerate fast. 

The cycle of bamboo life and it lifespan is highly sustainable.

 

Why are bamboo accessories eco-friendly?

Bamboos can break down into soil very quickly. 

Some reports have indicated that it takes just 3 years for bamboo to decompose. 

Therefore, they are eco-friendly. 

Some accessories are 100% plant-based, including bamboo home accessories. 

For example, bamboo toothbrushes have soft bristles which are eco-friendly. But, some toothbrushes and electric toothbrush heads still have nylon bristles. 

Other products that have a combination of bamboo and other recycled materials include the stainless steel used on shavers and plastic and silicon suctions used in kids plates

The development, manufacture and use the bamboo products is a promising start. Users have to be content because, at the least, these products are 90% eco-friendly. They are safe for the environment.

Why use bamboo home accessories?

The bamboo accessories are durable and long-lasting. 

One of the best things about bamboo accessories is that you’ll see their true beauty as they mature. 

The deep brown colour becomes prominent and gives it a peculiar, but stunning bamboo appearance. 

The downside is that bamboo home accessories are susceptible to wear and tear. 

In fact, like many other home accessories, they will wear in time. Perhaps it is important to note that bamboo accessories are biodegradable. 

And will turn to soil very quickly, whereas the other plastic kitchen accessories will *not* decompose.

Understandably, bamboo and wood products are biodegradable. 
Yet the growth behaviour of bamboo plants makes it a more desirable sustainable material.


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Reusable Bamboo Kitchen Accessories

Bamboo kitchen accessories range from bamboo chopping boards to cups and storage. 
We take a look at 5 eco-friendly and unique accessories for kitchens made of bamboo and are 100% organic. 
Check out the kitchen accessories if you want something that is plastic-free, durable and earth-friendly.

Reusable bamboo kitchen accessories

You can see products 1 - 3 on Jungle Culture's website.

Jungle Culture is a dedicated supplier of reusable bamboo products and other sustainable organic products like coconut bowls and many more. 

We also feature Philip Morrison & Son, a renowned UK retailer for Reusable Bamboo Kitchen Accessories

 Products 4 and 5 are from Philip Morris and Sons, a well-known UK retailer. 
Click here (cutlery storage and bread bin made of bamboo) for more information.
reusable bamboo kitchen roll Images supplied: 1 - 3 Jungle Culture & 4 and 5 Philip Morris and Son
  • 1. Bamboo Drinking Cup: Stunning hand-made cup, every set is unique. The beautiful 500mL cups are made of bamboo. These cups can be used for drinking water and cold drinks, smoothies, or cocktails. Do not pour boiling water into the bamboo cup because it is like to damage it. (Jungle Culture)
  • 2. Picnic Bamboo Cutlery Set: The reusable bamboo cutlery set comes complete with a serrated bamboo knife, sturdy bamboo fork, bamboo tablespoon, a bamboo straw and coconut fibre straw cleaning brush. It is a perfect gift for kids. (Jungle Culture)
  • 3. Bamboo Drinking Straws: Environment friendly and sustainable compared to plastic straws. (Jungle Culture)
  • 4. Bread Bin with Bamboo Lid/Chopping Board: The Bread Bin with Cutting Board Lid has a bamboo wood cutting lid that can be turned over to the grooved side and used as a bread cutting board. This stylish and sleek bread bin is a great storage solution and will fit into any kitchen, the lid and body are easy to wipe clean. (Philip Morris & Son)
  • 5. Bamboo Cutlery Organiser/Storage:  The Bamboo Cutlery Organiser is great for organising your draw and generating space, it has room for knives, forks and spoons. This beautiful bamboo organiser comprises cutlery icon-marked compartments which overlap one another to free up space. (Philip Morris & Son)

 Bamboo home accessories UK?

The bamboo accessories are durable and long-lasting. 

One of the best things about bamboo accessories is that you’ll see their true beauty as they mature. 

The deep brown colour becomes prominent and gives it a peculiar, but stunning bamboo appearance. 

The downside is that bamboo home accessories are susceptible to wear and tear. 


In fact, like many other home accessories, they will wear in time. Perhaps it is important to note that bamboo accessories are biodegradable. 

And will turn to soil very quickly, whereas the other plastic kitchen accessories will *not* decompose. 

Buy bamboo kitchen accessories

Bamboo kitchen accessories are 100% organic, reusable and sustainable. 

The 5 kitchen accessories we featured are the best way to start your kitchen's organic collections. 

They will add a touch of style and natural comfort and keep the environment free of plastics.

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10 Examples of Using Bamboo Plants and Bamboo Canes

Garden bamboo plants have special properties and structural compositions that are beneficial to gardeners and homeowners. 
Find out about the 10 examples to Use Bamboo Plants and Bamboo Canes in the Garden.

Uses of bamboo plants and bamboo canes

The bamboos are evergreen, hardy and tolerant to pests and diseases, and come in different sizes, colours and shapes. 

Their leaves, culms and roots have been used as home remedies, stimulants, home d├ęcor and garden sticks. 

 The benefits and uses are unlimited! Here are 10 examples of using Bamboo Plants and Bamboo Canes.

1. Greenery all year round

Bamboos are evergreen. 

This is probably the most common benefit of bamboo plants, especially for garden hedges and natural privacy screens. 

The fact that they stay green all year round and are fast-growing makes them the best natural screens. 

Bamboo foliage does not fall off in Autumn, even in very cold weather conditions. 

Some plants will remain green even at minus 20 degrees Celsius. 

They are the best natural plants for screening unsightly features.

Bamboos you can grow for green cover all year round, hardy and tolerate very cold weather: Tall bamboo plants for garden hedging and privacy (multiple plants)

ways to use bamboo plants in the garden


2. Stop topsoil erosion

There are two types of bamboo plants – running and clumping. 

Both bamboo plants have strong rooting systems composed of rhizomes, base buds and root hairs. 

The network of underground roots is firm and can stabilise loose soil, stopping it from being washed away by running rain (or drain) water.

Bamboos you can grow for stopping topsoil erosion: Clumping bamboo plants (multiple)  

3. Provide thick natural fence walls

Bamboo culms tend to grow in clusters, especially those of the clumping bamboos. 

They form thick walls and are good natural fences when planted close together. 

Note that the clumping bamboos do not spread like their running cousins. 

Grow the clumping bamboo along the boundary for the natural wall fence.

Here is a comparison of running vs clumping bamboo for natural wall fences.

Running and clumping bamboo UK

4. Edible bamboo shoots

Only a few bamboos are edible. You can grow them and enjoy the new shoots. 

Here are some edible bamboo plants that you can actually grow, harvest and eat.

Edible bamboos: Bamboo Phyllostachys Sulphurea Viridis  and Phyllostachys flexuosa Sinuate Bamboo and Phyllostachys atrovaginata Incense Bamboo

phyllostachys atrovaginata Incense edible Bamboo


5. Use bamboo leaves mulch

The leaves are a great source of Silica which is beneficial to plants. 

The mulch from the bamboo leaves can protect the plants from frost in Winter and preserve moisture in Summer. 

The decomposing leaves are a source of fertiliser for the plants. The three bamboo plants below have broad and elongated leaves which can be pruned.

Best bamboo for mulch: Fargesia Robusta Wolong Broad Leaf Bamboo, Fargesia murielae Ivory Ibis clumping bamboo and Fargesia murielae Blue Lizard.

 


6. Bamboo Canes for garden and pot plants

One of the best things about growing bamboo is that you can use bamboo canes for staking plants, garden frames and trellis to support creeping plants like the runner beans.

We covered the home and garden uses of bamboo canes extensively in this article – take a look: Bamboo plants for sticks.

Bamboo sticks for plants in pots and garden

7. Use bamboo sheaths, branches and sticks for arts and crafts

Bamboo sheaths, branches and sticks are great for DIY arts and crafts because they are thin, tough and bendable. You can create any shape with them. 

 The uses are limitless, it depends on your creativity. 

For example, the bamboo sheaths can be cut to make windmills and the sticks used for making mini rafts (Below is a video of mini rafts we built out of bamboo canes and had lots of fun with). 

Adult supervision will be required when cutting the bamboo sheaths and sticks.

Bamboos you can grow for sheaths and sticks: Fargesia Blue Dragon Papyrifera Borinda and Fargesia Borinda Angustissima Frosty Bamboo

 

 

8. Used for making drinking water cups, mugs and storage tubes

The timber bamboo plants have a lot of uses, including some of the large varieties of Phyllostachys bamboo. 

The thick and hollow bamboo segments are perfect for making water storage like bamboo cups, mugs, and pencils storage.

Large timber bamboos: Timber Bamboo Phyllostachys Bambusoides and Moso Timber bamboo

how to use bamboo to make craft cups

9. Make musical wind instruments

Bamboo instruments have been used for thousands of years in ancient China and parts of the South Pacific region. 

They are great wind instruments and can be easily made from common bamboo that is common in the UK. 

 The bamboo flutes, bamboo harps and wind chimes are some examples. 

Our YouTube video shows the use of a bamboo harp in traditional storytelling in the Pacific.

Long internode and hollow culm bamboos: Phyllostachys Bissettii and Phyllostachys Vivax


10. Use bamboo to make grow pots and seed-trays

Bamboo pots and trays are eco-friendly substitutes for plastic seed pots and grow trays. They are reusable, you can use them for many years.

 Bamboo products are biodegradable and will break down within 3 – 5 years and turn into soil. 

Here is a step-by-step guide for making your own bamboo seed propagators. 

Giant timber bamboo plants for seed propagator pots and trays: Timber Bamboo Phyllostachys Bambusoides and Moso Timber bamboo
Seed tray with lid

Benefits of bamboo plants: pros and cons

Apart from the 10 uses of bamboo, they have been used extensively to make tea, wine, beers, vinegar and many natural home remedies. 

However, there are special bamboos that are fit for these purposes, and not all bamboo plants are useful. 

Some bamboos have little hairy spikes on the sheaths that can make skin itch. 

Many have tough culms that are razor sharp. Others are invasive. 

And not all bamboos are edible. 

Therefore, though there are many benefits of bamboo plants, you have to know what kind of bamboo you should grow. 

Selecting the right bamboo plant to grow is the first thing to think about.

Common Phyllostachys and Fargesia bamboos

Here at GardenBambooPlants.com, we featured over 70 bamboo plants that thrive in the UK weather. The suggestions above will help you to find the right plant. 

At gardenbambooplants.com, we feature these bamboos because they can grow in the warmer parts of the UK. 

We also know that bamboo seeds and cuttings are often hard to get. One suggestion is to contact the plant's nurseries, garden centres or online retailers and ask for the particular plants that you are looking for. 

You can also leave a message below to let us know about your requirements and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. 

Check out these renowned UK home and garden retailers to get bamboo and bamboo supplies.

What do you think about the 10 examples of using Bamboo Plants and Bamboo Canes?

The 10 benefits of bamboos are a guide to the uses of these unique plants. 

There are many uses and benefits of these plants. 

We compiled this list based on our work with bamboos. 

We hope that it will inspire you to be creative as you unravel the many benefits of these fantastic plants.
Leave a comment and let us know what you think.