Bamboo is not just for making strand woven bamboo flooring – it is also a great material for making a wide variety of products for the home, garden and office. The benefits of bamboo are numerous. Because bamboo is strong, durable, water resistant, anti-fungal, antimicrobial and looks like wood it can be used to make a number of home items. Often these items are alternatives to hardwood products. And as such, buying bamboo products for the home, office and garden is a way of helping to conserve the forests of the world.
Here is a short list of bamboo products you can buy on Amazon for the home, garden and office. Bamboo makes a great green gift because it is a renewable resource.
- Bamboo charcoal as an air freshener
- Bamboo chopping board
- Bamboo place mats
- Bamboo salad serving spoons
- Bamboo blinds and shades
- Bamboo chest of drawers
- Bamboo mat with non-slip backing for the bathroom
- Bamboo fencing
- Bamboo seeds for the garden
- Bamboo waste paper container
- Laptop computer with bamboo casing
- Lucky bamboo for the office
To find all of these items and more check out the bamboo shop
It is not only for flooring that bamboo can be used. In Japan and China they have been using bamboo for centuries to make wall coverings, blinds and shades. In Japan bamboo blinds are still made by hand by artisans. They are made using traditional techniques and tools.
First the bamboo is cut into thin strips then the outer skin is removed and the strips are whittled down to size. The size of slats vary from matchstick thickness to much thicker slats. The slats are held together with cords which are attached to the roll up mechanism.
According to the weave style and the thickness of the slats privacy is created. With lighter bamboo shades a beautiful dappled effect is created in a room.
It is also possible to buy Roman bamboo blinds that instead of rolling up fold up and hang in loose folds from the top of the window.
Bamboo blinds and shades come in all sizes to fit any window. They also come in a variety of colors to fit different interior decors. Bamboo blinds add a touch of the orient to a room.
Finally, like all bamboo products, bamboo blinds are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. They are a useful addition to people wanting to create safe indoor air and avoid materials that harbor dust mites and other allergen triggers.