During my last visit home to Canada about a year ago, I noticed a new interesting trend at the time. There were a series of boutique shops that only sold eco-friendly bamboo clothing.
“Bamboo clothes? What?”
I thought surely this first store was a one-off thing. But then I searched Google Maps and saw several other similar stores around the region.
I had never heard of bamboo being made into clothes, nor did I ever have a notion that it was even possible.
And, spending many years living in Taiwan, a land full of these amazing trees, I was instantly curious.
What is bamboo used for?
It turns out, bamboo is used for a hell of a lot of things. And it seems like more and more uses are being discovered every day.
Months later after returning to Asia, a friend randomly posted this video in a group chat:
If you have 16 minutes to spare today, you might want to check that out — it’s pretty cool.
And more so, it got me interested again in the subject, and it’s been something I’ve been meaning to dive into for the past half-year.
So here we are — a list of all the current interesting and unexpected products bamboo is used for today!
40 Different types of bamboo products
I wanted to know (and share) many of the most popular uses for bamboo today. I always enjoy learning about new things, especially when they are environmentally friendly — and just plain cool.
So please enjoy this interesting list of 42 different bamboo products that are sold around the world today!
One of the most popular uses of bamboo is for decorating your own backyard! There are plenty of great examples on Google — but the important part is using the fast-growing tree creatively.
Bamboo is an old material used for flooring in many parts of Asia. Recently, there has been a growing trend of using this amazing type of wood in parts of the West though.
Would you try it?
Bamboo pillows are becoming quite popular in Canada and the US lately. My mom even recently asked me about it as she knew I was interested in the subject. Apparently many of her neighbors swear by the comfort and eco-nature of these kinds of pillows.
I definitely will be getting one of my own soon.
Bamboo plants for inside the house:
Even though bamboo is an extremely fast-growing type of tree, certain varieties are suitable for use as house plants. Not only are they easy to maintain, but you can use them to add a unique look and feel to your home.
Although they can be a bit pricey because of the eco-friendly nature of this type of cloth production, bamboo sheets are starting to become commonplace in North America.
They’re known for their lightness and ultra comfortable feeling. Many brands have positioned bamboo sheets as a luxury item — as they should!
The famous lucky bamboo! I used to have a small plant in my office for a few years until it was unfortunately misplaced while I was on vacation. I still suspect a co-worker of sabotage, but who knows!
These are not only a nice decoration for your desk at the home or office, but they are supposed to bring the owner good luck, too!
While bamboo has been used as a building material for centuries if not millennia, it is just recently starting to be used more and more around the world.
There are a huge variety of types of bamboo trees — and just as many types of fences and aesthetics.
Bamboo houses exist all over the world nowadays, but they are especially popular in Asia. I’ve visited some incredibly amazing houses built out of bamboo in Bali recently, and I fell in love with this style of architecture.
They get even more interesting and beautiful when famous designers and architects start playing with the material.
Bamboo blinds, curtains, and shades:
Another example of an indoor use for bamboo, manufacturers, and designers are now creating many different types of Roman blinds, shades, and curtains made completely out of bamboo.
There are many different styles and not all might be palatable to your tastes, but I’m sure there is at least one type that would be.
If you’re looking for a classy set of bamboo blinds to add to your house, check out the top-selling brand on Amazon.
Bamboo toilet paper and paper towels:
Now that bamboo is becoming easier to process with advances in technology, all sorts of uses are coming up for it. If you can make it out of wood, you can make it with bamboo.
I especially like finding more creative ways of using it (and especially the above branding of Who Gives a Crap). Kudos to them!
There are more than a few varieties of bamboo toilet paper available too. Eco-friendly and comfortable, not bad!
Alongside the eco-friendly theme of bamboo products, clever entrepreneurs out there are creating more and more environmentally friendly goods.
Here’s an example of bamboo toothbrushes that use charcoal brushes — a new trend in dentistry. I use one myself and can attest to its function and feel.
Another unique use of bamboo, designers have started creating jewelry with the versatile material. While I don’t wear earrings myself, I’m sure some people would love to wear these around.
There’s also plenty of different styles out there other than the one pictured above, go have a look!
One of the newer trends to pop up is the use of charcoal made out of bamboo. Some people even claim it has medicinal properties, but I haven’t looked into that aspect myself (yet).
I’m more of a fan of the quick-growing renewable nature of bamboo itself, which lends itself perfectly to combustible uses like charcoal.
Even entire mattresses are made out of bamboo these days! Known for their comfort, anti-sweating properties, and sustainability, they are becoming more and more popular every day.
They also make more affordable soft and comfortable mattress covers out of bamboo too.
Bamboo chairs and furniture:
Speaking of bamboo furniture, there are a lot of designers out there constantly creating new and interesting practical works of art these days.
A quick search on Etsy or Amazon will show you a lot of very interesting pieces you can get for your own home or office.
A couple of years ago, the fast-food industry took a lot of heat for their wastefulness in regard to disposable plastics. For some reason, the outrage mostly focused on plastic straws (even though they use plastics in many of their containers).
One of the common solutions proposed? Bamboo straws.
Bamboo cutting boards:
Bamboo is also a perfect material for kitchen products, like bamboo cutting boards. The interesting texture and eco-friendly nature of its sourcing lends itself to being a perfect addition to your cooking toolkit.
While not usually 100% made of bamboo, many environmentally friendly manufacturers are starting to incorporate bamboo material into their shoes. Many of them will make the cloth from entirely bamboo, with other types of materials used for the soles.
One of the products that started me down this long and interesting rabbit hole of bamboo products — bamboo socks! I’m still surprised that they can fashion fiber from the tree, especially ecologically sound. That’s great news for clothing manufacturers and the environment in the long run.
Don’t mind the glaringly bright red nature of the above photo — there are hundreds of alternative colors, styles, and manufacturers of bamboo underwear these days. The material is often referred to as being very comfortable and soft when compared to other kinds.
Bamboo flutes and musical instruments:
People have been making instruments out of bamboo for years and years — and for a reason. Many types of bamboo are naturally hollow and thus make it a lot easier to widdle flutes from scratch.
One more interesting item you could add to your kitchen repertoire — bamboo plates. They come in many styles and fashions, but they all will definitely add an air of uniqueness to your kitchen.
Bamboo wind chimes:
A nice addition of a bamboo wind chime hanging outside your front porch is a great conversation starter and looks amazing at the same time!
Bamboo rugs and bath mats:
Here is another product that’s starting to become more popular. Rugs, mats, and bath mats made from bamboo are being purchased more frequently because of their ultra-soft nature and sustainability.
Bamboo longboards and skateboards:
“He’s just a skater bambooy.” There are a lot of very cool skateboards, longboards, and even surfboards being made out of bamboo these days. It’s definitely worth a search if you’re into these sports!
No, the mirror itself is not made of bamboo. That technology hasn’t been invented yet (but really, what can’t bamboo do?). In this case, you can find beautiful mirror frames completely made out of bamboo. The varieties will often be treated or painted according to tastes.
One of the cooler products on the list (as a former office brat) are bamboo pens and pen cases. The picture above is a pretty classy combo in my books — even cooler than the fancy metal one I have now.
Cheap, renewable, and useful — bamboo skewers for barbecues and shishkabobs can be purchased at most supermarkets in North America these days.
This one is a bit odd. I was sure I could find wallpaper made from bamboo products, but it didn’t seem to be too common. Instead, there are products that are either made of woven bamboo to cover walls or use a combination of traditional wallpaper with hard bamboo backing.
Bamboo steamer basket:
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating authentic Asian dumplings, you’ll notice a lot of them are served in bamboo steamer baskets. A great addition for your kitchen if you’re planning on expanding your cooking horizons.
Bamboo beds are one of the more pricey products on this list (depending on how high quality you’re willing to go). But they are a very eco-friendly alternative to some other types of wooden bed frames. And they can be gorgeous as well.
Soft, stylish, and comfortable — I wouldn’t mind getting a pair of bamboo pajamas myself (although not the women’s ones pictured above — probably).
Just like many of the other clothes made out of bamboo on this list, bamboo towels are no different. Soft, warm, and a pleasure to use. I’ll be on the lookout to try one as a beach towel when I can go again.
Another environmentally stable addition to your home, you can now get hairbrushes and combs made entirely out of bamboo and bamboo fibre. An interesting way to style your hair!
Why stop at just a bamboo cutting board when you can deck out your entire kitchen in a hard bamboo surface? Not only is it eco-friendly, but it can be pretty stylish too.
I’m almost in love with the bamboo desk pictured above. Or perhaps the combination of the scenery and the natural wood has won me over. Either way, I know what I’ll be looking for next time I have to buy a desk.
Yes, even babies can get in on the eco-friendly trend of bamboo products. I especially like the branding of the one pictured here. Cute.
Bamboo fly rods:
While I’ve never been much of a fisherman in my adult years, I do look back on fond memories of going fishing as a child. It never occurred to me that some people were using fishing rods made mostly out of bamboo. Definitely a neat idea, especially when you find custom hand made ones like the one pictured here.
Instead of using plastic or cloth placemats for your next backyard barbecue, why not consider bamboo mats? They’re both easy to clean and easy to roll up for storage at the same time.
These days you can find more than just bamboo shoes. Several manufacturers have expanded to producing a wide variety of bamboo sandals as well. These aren’t often 100% bamboo though, so keep an eye on the product materials when you’re looking for these.
I plan on researching more about how bamboo is used today. I want to explore the sources, industry, and environmental sustainability of bamboo today and in the future.
I’m sure there are hundreds of more products and uses for the amazing material as well — so I will definitely be updating this page later on.
There are also many natural bamboo forests and local craftspeople making products from this amazing material where I’m living these days in Taiwan.
I’ll be sure to explore and check them out too.
Thanks for reading!
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