Monday, April 30, 2007

Bamboo in the Home

The Gourmet Fusion store is now stocking many different bamboo products for the home and kitchen. Beautiful and graceful, bamboo has been an important part of Far Eastern cultures for centuries. Many people today are realizing the link between simplicity and artful entertaining and are incorporating the natural sophistication of bamboo into their homes. is also becoming increasingly popular as a substitute for wood, as the importance of using sustainable materials is realized. Whether it is beautifully formed bowls, such as the ones shown here, or simple cutting boards, many interior designers are choosing bamboo to add the finishing touches to and kitchen designs.

Not only is the bamboo plant beautiful, it also grows abundantly and is amazingly adaptable. For centuries it has been used by people in Asia, Africa, Australia and North and South America to create shelter, tools and other necessities of daily life. With over 1,500 species of bamboo grown throughout the world today, almost anything can be made from it.

Interesting Facts about Bamboo
  • It possesses a tensile strength stronger than steel
  • Bamboo homes were the only ones left standing in a 1992 earthquake in Limon, Costa Rica
  • One of the fastest growing plants on earth
  • Matures to harvest in one year, whereas trees take decades to produce the same amount of material
  • Hardness comparable to maple
  • Grows like grass from the base up and is sustainable and renewable
Using bamboo instead of wood conserves tropical forests, stimulates healthy agriculture, and nurtures sustainable life. It is strong and beautiful all in one, and by choosing bamboo products you will be adding eco-friendly elegance and beauty to your home.

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