One of my Christmas gifts I can’t get enough of is a beautiful bamboo blanket I received from my mom. I love this blanket because, not only is it a very generous size, but it’s luxuriously soft (almost like cashmere) and best of all, completely organic and sustainable.
The advantages of choosing bamboo over another material like cotton are numerous. Bamboo fiber is incredibly strong and durable, comparable even to steel. You can see this evidenced by the fact that bridges and houses are constructed from bamboo too.
Bamboo is also one of the fastest growing plants, growing up to a foot and a half a day through the spring and summer! Add in its low maintenance growth cycle (no pesticides and little care required), and weed-like spreadability, and this crop has become a viable alternative to conventional cotton.
Of course, these benefits are a double edged sword, and the booming industry has caused bamboo forests to drop dramatically and endangered species that are dependent on bamboo have taken a hit too. As with all things in life, balance is key. Consider growing your own bamboo or donating to programs already doing it.