- Location: CA
- Marching Since: April 25, 2006
Today’s very real environmental threats, particularly global warming, require all of us to be proactive in our march to protect our delicate ecosystems. It’s not as monumental a task as one would think. If we all do a little, in any way we can, it will be a step in the right direction. EcoDesignz.com had this thought in mind when we began our company in 2004. We wanted to give the global economy an alternative away from deforestation for flooring and furniture, as well as clothing, by providing these goods in a beautiful, sustainable material, Bamboo.
Bamboo is actually not a wood but a grass, and it grows fast and is ever renewing itself. Bamboo takes in greenhouse gasses, sequesters nitrogen and produces 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees, making it an efficient replenisher of fresh air. Imagine that, furniture, clothing and accessories that will help save our atmosphere!
Bamboo is arguably one of the world’s best sustainable resources with a growth rate of up to 3 feet or more per day. Bamboo can be harvested in 4-5 years unlike traditional hardwoods that can take up to 50-75 years. Bamboo also stabilizes the earth with its erosion preventing roots, and improves the health of the soil. Cotton crops require wide spacing that allow bare soils to bake and oxidize, releasing carbon to the atmosphere and decreasing soil fertility.
Our Bamboo apparel is also good for our ecosystems because Bamboo does not require pesticides, insecticides, or fertilizers, and does not involve the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In contrast, cotton crops are one of the most intensely sprayed crops in the world receiving three to five times greater application of pesticides per acre than does corn or soybeans. The chemicals used on the cotton crops are linked to ground and surface water contamination, and even the pollution of drinking water (such nitrates from nitrogen fertilizer are known to cause methemoglobinemia, or “blue baby syndrome” in infants). Cotton crop pesticides are also the greatest crop contributor to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which contribute to low level ozone and smog formation, increasing the green house effect. These chemicals are also documented as causing death and loss of reproductive ability in fish and wildlife.
Further, Bamboo fibers are biodegradable, unlike synthetic textile fibers. Synthetic textile fibers are also made from non-renewable petroleum, and can even emit harmful gasses when incinerated. Almost all polyester/cotton blend fabrics are finished with formaldehyde, added to make fabrics wrinkle or flame resistant.
For all these reasons, we must and we can, shift away from using hardwoods in our furnishings and conventional cotton and synthetic fabrics in our apparel. Bamboo offers an amazing alternative that will help in our march to stop global warming. Please join EcoDesignz.com and all our partners!