Forge the Future of Forests with Bamboo
Updated: Sep 2, 2021
The Earth is vast but restricted. As production has expanded to meet the needs of a growing population, far too much forest and nature has degraded or become lost as a result. This degradation is a major cause of climate change and species loss, both of which pose serious threats to humankind.
Why should we protect forests?
Forests are an essential contribution to food security. This is because they stabilise the soil and enhance the land’s capacity to store water. They maintain the environmental conditions needed for agricultural production, which ironically is a major cause of their degradation.
Old-growth forests and mangroves are impressive natural carbon stores and protect biodiversity. They provide better rural livelihoods and have a deep-rooted relationship with communities across the planet. But a rapid decline in our forests, hunting and the arrival of invasive species from other habitats continue to threaten these fundamental ecosystems.
Many companies have committed to using more alternative green materials like bamboo that reduce pressure on forests. Pressure is being put on global leaders to make the right decisions that will benefit our planet’s future too. Especially in the biodiversity-rich tropics, we should aim for reforestation and 100% sustainably managed forest production. Nature-based solutions like this deliver long-term resilience and food security. Protection, restoration and regeneration strategies have the potential to avoid trillions of dollars in damages from climate change.
We urgently need to reset and reverse the damaging impact human development has had on our planet. But doing so requires extensive collaboration and investment. This fight is too big for environmentalists alone. All businesses and global leaders must play their part.
Why is bamboo a solution?
Our world craves alternative sustainable fibres to survive. We can help forests and people thrive by increasing access to sustainable resources, like bamboo, which reduces forest demand. Bamboo is an excellent sustainable tool to help many companies eradicate deforestation out of their supply chains because of its many uses.
Bamboo farms can be grown in degraded land and mines to help combat our planet’s decline. Bamboo can regenerate even the most degraded soils with its lengthy root systems, the capacity to grow on steep slopes, and highly quick development. When technically managed, bamboo farms can increase biodiversity, restore soil function and raise the water tables in some of the most degraded parts of the planet. In only 2 years, new farms can revert soil erosion by up to 70%!
Why use bamboo pulp?
Strong international demand for the replacement of traditional tree-based fibres has produced a growing need for the creation of a bamboo sector within wood-based product industries. Bamboo is classified as a grass and for paper pulping purposes it’s considered an annual plant. The physical and chemical characteristics of bamboo fibres allow for them to be used for a much wider variety of tissue and paper products than most other grass pulps. Hence, bamboo is an excellent alternative to hardwood pulp. Its use will reduce the demand for our forests. Its production will improve the wellbeing, health and livelihoods of local people too.
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