Every transport company carries many different kinds of goods and all are wrapped in some kind of packaging to protect them. As the world seeks to fine more sustainable packaging solutions for items that enter the freight system as do nearly all goods that are bought and sold, it is important to know why a certain product is considered sustainable.
Here are some of the reasons why bamboo is considered a sustainable raw product to make packaging from.
- Bamboo is a natural-resource that grows quickly. At about 2cm per day, it is hardly likely to become extinct, even though it is used to make many other things such as floors and furniture as well.
- It is strong, durable and also flexible, making it a good choice for timber floors, building boats and many other things, including packaging that needs to be flexible and strong.
- It is biodegradable, meaning it will break down in landfill or in the compost heap, making a great mulch for gardens.
- It is local to China where many goods originate from. Having the packaging supplies in the local area means that fuel in sourcing it and moving it to where it can be used is reduced. That said, it is also being grown in other countries now.
- Bamboo has no natural pests or diseases, making it easy to grow without using pesticides that poison the ground and water.
- Bamboo does not need to be replanted if it is cut properly because it will keep on growing. This is a great savings on costs.
- It is good for the soil with the deep root system helping to prevent soil erosion, essential in the often steep terrain in grows in best.
- 70% of the water used to make the bamboo into packaging is reclaimed and reused in growing more, while 30% is lost to evaporation.
- There is a great deal of bamboo available that is not panda habitat.
Bamboo has been used for packaging of light electronic items such as notebooks and smart-phones that are made in China and shipped to other countries. This means it is close to the source that needs it. It may not always be the best options for companies in other countries that need sustainable packaging materials.
Bamboo can be used to make clothing, Manchester, disposable plates and cutlery, floorboard, cupboards and furniture and gazebos, so it is a versatile plant with many uses. It’s one drawback, if you can call it that, is it needs a great deal of water and deep soil to grow well. Conditions in China suit it admirably, but whether it will grow well in the land that is often called the driest continent in the world is yet to be determined.