Bamboo wood hangers are an excellent choice for the eco-friendly consumer looking to purchase more sustainable products. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on Earth, capable of growing as much as 35 inches in just 24 hours. Unlike wood, bamboo is not a tree, but a grass. However is nothing like the grass in your front yard. It is incredibly strong and is even used as a reinforcement for concrete in place of steel at times. It can fully reproduce in five years, making it a much more sustainable resource than wood derived from trees. It takes a bamboo forest plantation just 4-6 years to reach maturity, with culms ready to be harvested 2-3 years later. This is significantly less than the 20-50 years it takes for hardwood trees to be harvested. Additionally the rhizome mat does not die and decay after the annual or five year harvests, whereas hardwood tree roots die, and release carbon for years after harvest. This phenomena can cause erosion, while bamboo’s rhizome mat continues to live after each harvest, protecting the ground from erosion. This is beneficial for bamboo farmers because not only are their harvesting times much shorter, but their initial planting costs are far lower than hardwood tree farmers, and they do not have to deal with replanting.
As far as using bamboo vs hardwood in consumer products, there are several benefits to using bamboo over hardwood. As mentioned above, bamboo is more environmentally friendly and more sustainable than hardwoods. Additionally bamboo is more durable in many cases because while it is extremely strong, it is also light a flexible, making this material more difficult to splinter or break. We know you’ll get years of happy use from our lightweight, strong, and attractive bamboo clothing hangers.