Bamboo has long been a popular choice of timber in Australian homes.
Not only is it cheap due to the fast growing speed, it also boasts being the most environmentally friendly construction material.
Bamboo has become increasingly popular in interior design as well as furniture but more and more people have been utilising bamboo into their feng shui in more creative ways.
Lucky bamboo is a popular plant for any believer in the effects of feng shui which contains five elements – water, wood, fire, earth, and metal.
Feng shui principles have many guidelines for keeping harmony in your home such as ensuring your bed faces window to not block light and energy. And bamboo is believed to be a great wood element of feng shui.
Lucky bamboo is a great indoor plant as it doesn’t require much direct sunlight and is relatively low maintenance.
Bamboo bedding is popular since it’s soft and more breathable than cotton sheets.
Especially with 100% organic bamboo sets, they are hypoallergenic and antibacterial, reducing the likelihood of the bedding trapping bad elements such as dust mites or absorbing oils from your skin.
They also tend to be more durable since they are made with longer fibres stretched rather than shorter fibres interwoven together, making them less likely to tear or rip.
If cloth made of organic bamboo offers more breathability, it can also do the same as garments.
Bamboo underwear doesn’t cause you to sweat as synthetic fabrics do, which cause undesirable odours and irritation. It is an ideal underwear for all seasons.
It also permits greater stretchability/flexibility which leads to wider freedom of movement. Feng shui of your body is just as important as feng shui of your home!
There are over 1200 different species of bamboo but moso bamboo is the most popular choice for flooring. Despite its grass-like feature, bamboo is sturdy and “as hard as ironbark.” So durability isn’t an issue.
Un-carbonised bamboo can be as strong as red oak while strand-woven ones can be even stronger.
One thing to watch out for, just as with any timber, is the quality grade of bamboo used and the glue/adhesive used to ensure non-toxic materials are selected.
As we mentioned, bamboo is technically grass so it is suitable for tea.
It tastes and looks similar to green tea, refreshing and cleansing.
Eastern medicine believes that bamboo tea helps the growth and health of hair, teeth and nail thanks to the high concentration of vegetative silica.
It is also believed to help with cleansing your digestive systems.
Bamboo is even becoming popular in techy products. iBamboo iPhone speaker, for instance, is made of just one piece of bamboo without the need for electricity.
It harnesses the bamboo design to create the echo and volume amplifier needed for speakers.
Other brands have followed this trend to incorporate bamboo into their eco-friendly technological design such as earphones.