We know that everything has an energetic impact, which is why when MELD came to be, our team knew that all our products would have to be thoughtfully created. Not only considering the bottom line, but also the environment. Being charged from this perspective, our designers, engineers and production team came to the decision that bamboo was the material from which our products would be made.
So, why bamboo?
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world. Not only does it grow 1-4 inches in a day, on average, but it regrows quickly after being cut down. Per the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations latest report, over the last 5 years the rate of deforestation was estimated at about 10 million hectares per year (1 hectare = 2.47 acres approx.) Bamboo's versatility as a substitute for hardwoods and other materials, offers a much more sustainable choice to drastically reduce that figure.
Did you know that bamboo can replace the use of wood for nearly every use? Flooring, furniture, paper and much more! Did you also know that bamboo has more tensile strength than steel? While steel has the tensile strength to withhold about 23,000 pounds, bamboo can hold 28,000 pounds.
Unlike the harvesting of other materials, no fertilizer, pesticides, or herbicides are needed to grow bamboo. Bamboo requires no agricultural chemicals to thrive. Let’s take cotton for example, it is one of the most intensely sprayed crops in the world and rapidly depletes the nutrients in the soil. While bamboo not only doesn’t add chemicals to the environment, but also consumes nitrogen.
Most of the world’s bamboo is grown and manufactured in China. And while it may not seem very eco-friendly to ship bamboo across the globe to Europe or the USA from, it beats out the disadvantages hardwood holds. Hardwood has to make two trips! First to China to be felled and then back to its original supplier.
Absorption of Carbon Dioxide
The global bamboo economy is valued at over $72 billion dollars, and with the rising demand for sustainable products, the global commercialization of bamboo is bringing hope for poorer rural communities...because bamboo can grow in almost any climate.
As the potential continues to grow more and more in these undeveloped areas we feel proud to not only source a material that is good for the environment, but that is also aiding developing communities that provide job opportunities in areas that desperately need social and economic stability.
Here at MELD, we are proud to not only support our local community with sustainable manufacturing jobs and resources, but also strive to stretch our efforts as far and wide as we can. Which is why we are so proud to be partnered with One Tree Planted whose mission is to address deforestation and combat global warming.