Bamboo is one of the most popular eco-friendly materials in home décor. This warmly colored natural material is durable and adds texture. Apartment dwellers can use bamboo for functional and practical uses as well as beauty. Add a small touch of bamboo to your home with a small object, like a bamboo tray, or incorporate something larger, like a privacy screen.
With the ability to grow up to 3 feet in one day, bamboo is an excellent choice for eco-friendly material. It produces up to 20 times more wood than a comparable space filled with trees. Bamboo reaches maturity in 3 to 5 years, whereas hardwood trees take up to 50 years.
A small pot of live bamboo is a great way to both add elegance and better air quality to your apartment. Living bamboo releases up to 35% more oxygen than other plants. Bamboo needs little water to thrive and is resistant to bugs, eliminating the need for chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
Inexpensive bamboo poles are available at hardware stores and garden centers. While it is tempting to cut poles from a friend’s garden, buying them will ensure that they have been properly dried and will not later split. Place a few in a large decorative vase to add interest.
You can also use bamboo in moist areas because it is resistant to bacteria. A container of bamboo utensils accents a kitchen counter and a bamboo cutting board is both handy and antibacterial. A bamboo tray in the bathroom elegantly holds stray toiletries without warping from the steam.
If you’re looking to add to your decor, re-purpose bamboo furniture from thrift stores or tag sales. If you don’t like the color, paint it to match your décor. Make or buy a bamboo screen to divide an area of your apartment into a home office, study area or reading nook.
For more information about the eco-friendly lifestyle in our green living community, please contact us at Western National Property Management.