Eco-friendly Alternative Bamboo

In the coming years, Nigeria will become the largest economy in Africa. With development comes the expansion of infrastructure. Currently, wood and steel are the most widely used materials in Nigerian production. However, this may soon need to change. 

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The environment in Nigeria is immensely vulnerable to an array of natural disasters. Constant damage from natural disasters often leaves the framework of property worn and damaged through repetitive abuse. I left unchecked, the damage may be too costly and too late to repair. Eventually, the infrastructures that are built with steel and wood will collapse. The problem with steel and wood is that these materials are not suited for the various conditions found in Nigeria.

But what if there was a material that is better suited for the Nigerian environment? Perhaps this supposed substitution could solve the durability issue Nigerian infrastructure will face in the future, while also being an eco-friendly material. Well as it turns out, such material exists and has been utilized by humans since the rise of civilization. 

Bamboo is durable, versatile, tensile and elastic also has compressive strength and flame resistibility.

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Bamboo is a durable and versatile material. From flooring, walls, roofing and concrete reinforcing, bamboo can be used to build whole frameworks. Some of the fundamental properties of bamboo are its tensile and compressive strength. It is also resistant to various environmental disasters, flame resistibility being one example. Bamboo is also quite elastic. 
 
These properties make bamboo an ideal solution to Nigeria's potential infrastructure problem. The best thing about bamboo is that it is easily accessible in Nigeria, but it is rarely used. It is truly a missed opportunity.

However to us at Oxygenate, the real value of bamboo comes from its important role in the environment. The role bamboo plays in sustainability cannot be overlooked. Bamboo can be used to replace a variety of harmful materials such as plastic. As you know, there has been a shift in the dental industry when it comes to producing toothbrushes. Bamboo is growing in popularity in terms of the material that is favoured amongst a growing number of people. Although it has not reached its peak, bamboo toothbrushes are still quite popular. The deforestation rate has also been reduced due to the shift away from timber consumption. Bamboo is also credited in reducing 35% of CO2 in the climate. In addition to this, bamboo also supplies more Oxygen into the environment. 

Bamboo also eliminates a high volume of nitrogen and aids in decreasing water pollution. On top of this, bamboo is also a high-yield resource, which means it can be harvested and utilized much quicker than traditional resources such as most softwoods. On average, bamboo can be harvested between 3-5 years. In contrast, softwoods are typically harvested within 10-20 years. Being a natural resource, bamboo is also biodegradable. 
 
Throughout this post, we have briefly touched upon the many benefits of bamboo. By no means is this an extensive look at the benefits of bamboo, but it provides enough evidence in support of shifting to bamboo to replace many of the materials that are ill-suited for not only our daily lives but for the environment itself. It is apparent that this research has not reached many industries, but it is our responsibility to share this information with the brands we use and persuade key decision-makers to seriously consider bamboo as a viable option in the production of goods and services. 
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