My Love of Bamboo

Bamboo Tissues

Photo taken with my Olympus Camera.

Bamboo – Sustainable and Versatile

Anyone who knows me, know that I love bamboo.  I have so many items in my home,  made from bamboo.  Many of my clothes are made of bamboo, the sheets on my bed, towels, and various kitchen items too.

I have been using bamboo tissues for some time – from the little packs to larger packets of tissues, and I find them just as effective as those made from paper.

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Tissue available at Chemist Warehouse in Australia


When I lived in China I was surrounded by plantations of bamboo and I enjoyed exploring in the villages where they focussed on growing the so-called “weed”.

Loo Paper made of Bamboo

I am not a toilet paper hoarder, even during this pandemic, but I did need to purchase some last week.  Along with the familiar branded products I came across bamboo toilet paper.  I was surprised and excited and instead of just buying one pack, I threw two into my trolley.  (I was in Woolworths)

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Do you notice the words on the bottom of the loo pack?   In one circle it says “Combatting deforestation”, and then “Hyperallergenic” and “Soft Weave” – all good benefits for the product, but on the right it says “Bamboo is AMAZING!” and “See reverse to find out why”

On the Reverse

“It can take up to f20 years to grow a tree used to make traditional toilet paper.  Bamboo is a grass (not a tree) and can grow up to 90cm a day, making it one of the fastest growing plants on the planet.

It explains that when you cut down a tree it is gone forever, but bamboo keeps growing, sending out new shoots year after year, “making it one of the most sustainable resources on the planet.”

Watching Bamboo Grow

In 2008 and 2010 I was an English teacher in China, in the city of Shaoxing.  Bamboo played a big part of my life then.  The apartment block in which I lived on the university campus, was surrounded by bamboo and there were several bamboo gardens on the campus.  Bamboo shoots were often in the food we ate, and I learned about the fabrics made from bamboo.  I bought my first bamboo towels there.

We went on monthly trips around the region from Shanghai to Hangzhou and many places in between.  I remember one trip we did, we spent the night at a motel-type property opposite an amazing gorge.  Early in the morning, with camera in hand, I set off on an exploratory trip up the road beside the waterway.

I came across a most amazing plantation of bamboo up the hills and around a village that was there.  I must add that the locals in the village were amazed to see this tall blonde lady wandering around their bamboo taking photos.  They just stood and stared at me.  (A common experience in China!)

Bamboo in Bali

When I returned to Australia in 2010 I went back to university, and at the end of the course had to write about something – a topic of my choice.  I decided to write about bamboo so hopped on a plane to Bali to explore the bamboo industry there.

I remember my tour guide saying more than once that I “was not a normal tourist”, for all I wanted to see was bamboo.  He took me to various bamboo factories and forests, and I thought I was quite odd.  I did well with my assignment and have continued my love of bamboo.  It is the sustainability of it that really impresses me, and the versatility of it.  One can make anything with bamboo!!

Have you tried bamboo products?

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About Di Hill

My business card says "Writer, Traveller, Camera Addict, Bamboo Fan, Workshop Presenter." This website will focus on my writing - and the workshops I present. Workshops on Blogging, Marketing for Writers, and Life Story Writing.
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