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Can bamboo be grown in the UK?

Can we grow bamboo in the UK?

Bamboo is the world’s fastest and most sustainable eco-friendly material. But why do we import ours from Vietnam and why do most other companies do the same? Can’t bamboo be grown in the UK?

The answer has several parts, so let’s break it down, but firstly, yes, bamboo can be grown in the UK. Bamboo requires sun and water to grow. Mountainous regions are best, but bamboo can also be grown in other parts of the world if cared for correctly.

Is it energy efficient to grow bamboo in the UK?

Bamboo requires a lot of sun and water to be grown in abundance. If bamboo doesn’t receive the right amount of water and sun then it won’t grow as quickly or as plentifully.

In areas of the world such as Vietnam, bamboo is grown high atop local mountains where it receives ample sun and water, direct from nature.

In the UK, these conditions are created artificially by feeding the bamboo and using water to grow it and even with this additional source of nourishment the bamboo still can’t be grown as quickly as in the tropics, simply because the amount of water it would take to compete with the natural ecosystem in Vietnam would be tremendous!

Although bamboo straws and cutlery made in Asia are transported across the world, they can be shipped using low-impact sea freighting and made using minimal water and no artificial lighting.

Can bamboo be grown in the UK at scale?

Bamboo is native to Asia and conditions in Asia are perfect for growing bamboo. In the same way that British lamb or Spanish pork is considered tastier than alternatives in other countries, Vietnamese bamboo is considered stronger and better than other species.

In order to grow bamboo in the UK at the scale that is required to satisfy the country’s need for drinking straws we would have to use an insurmountable quantity of water.

The climate and topography in the UK simply doesn’t allow for vast bamboo forests as much as we wish it would!

What species of bamboo is used to make bamboo straws and cutlery?

Reusable bamboo straws and bamboo cutlery need certain characteristics in order to be successful. They need to be sturdy, durable, eco-friendly and we want them to be natural and organic too!

Bamboo species grown in the Thanh Hoa region of Vietnam is special in the bamboo world. It is strong, long-lasting and hollow. Perfect for straws.

Bamboo species grown elsewhere will be different and not necessarily suitable for drinking straws.

Should bamboo be grown in the UK?

We love and support anyone who is trying to make a difference by producing sustainable products whether that is in the UK or elsewhere. But the problem is bigger than just our little island. We need to think about plastic waste and sustainability on a global scale and use the resources that the Earth has so kindly given us.

Bamboo can be grown in the UK, but could we ever grow enough?

1 Response

craig redmond

craig redmond

December 05, 2020

Before long there will be tens of millions of people relocating around the world and policing borders with armed guards will be government solution to these challenging times. Plastic will be reconstituted to form cheap floating towns and cities that will set adrift and follow the tides hoping to find a new home. Tens of thousands will inhabit these plastic mangrove islands like the floating reed beds of the British lakes and harvest the sea life to survive, necessity is the mother of invention. Will these Islands burn before they make land and claim to be unfortunate disasters. Will culture or politics win out or will we balance them to balance our future. Will technology succeed or will the meek inherit the world and will I get to see it with only 25 years of my life left to go, if I’m lucky. We can’t see the future but we all have our own take on it , whether it be war or natural disaster we all see it coming , we’re not daft or stupid. If knowing the problem is half the battle then we should be half way there by now, but somehow I get the feeling we’re not. I have a ten year plan either way this goes ,I hope you do to. If you do nothing ,nothing changes. If you do nothing wrong then it’s a lot less likely some git will set out to get you. Good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people ,if something bad has happened to you then perhaps your not as good as you think. Just my thoughts as I watch some crap on the tele and wondered if I could plant a bamboo field or two for a place to get away.

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