We are excited to announce that Damyang, Korea will be hosting the World Bamboo Day 2015 celebration starting on September 18th! Now you may be thinking to yourself, “seriously? why is there an international day for bamboo?” After reading this post hopefully you will have a greater appreciation for bamboo and understand why we are excited for bamboo day. Perhaps you will find a way to celebrate World Bamboo day too.
The history of bamboo farming
Bamboo has been growing on the planet since the beginning of time. It has been used as a sustainable resource for centuries by upholding traditional farming techniques. In more recent years though some companies have implemented more commercial ways of growing bamboo crops (with pesticides and machine harvesters). When bamboo farmers started forsaking the traditional ways of cultivating bamboo, they forgot about taking care of the long term ecological impact this would have on the planet. Bamboo can be grown and harvested using simple, organic, eco friendly practices like hand cutting the bamboo shoots. We’d like to see the traditional bamboo farming practices restored in countries all over the world.
Why does bamboo have it’s own special day?
World Bamboo Day 2015 is the tenth annual celebration of bamboo. The day was established to raise awareness for proper bamboo farming practices around the globe. Eco friendly bamboo farming is good for the local communities as it provides agricultural jobs as well as the materials to make many bamboo products. Craftsmen create beautiful handmade items such as houses, furniture, dishes, lamps and more. Bamboo can also be made into textiles used for clothing and linens. Shoo-foo uses bamboo that has been organically and sustainably grown by local farmers in China for all of our products.
Bamboo crops are good for the environment
Bamboo is a crop that is actually good for the soil. It does not strip the land of nutrients, and doesn’t have to be dug up and replanted every season. Bamboo plants can continue to grow in the same soil for many harvests. When the bamboo is ready to be harvested it is simply cut off above the roots (just like cutting grass). In this way the bamboo can continue to grow and be harvested many times over.
How can you participate in World Bamboo Day 2015?
- Plant a bamboo plant. Bamboo is incredibly easy to grow at home. It is low maintenance and attractive to have around the house or as part of outdoor landscaping.
- Organize a bamboo planting ceremony with friends. Plan a time to get together to plant some bamboo or even plant a piece of the same bamboo plant as a symbol of the uniting bond of friendship. Bamboo cuttings can be taken from one larger plant. Place the bamboo shoot in water and once roots have emerged your bamboo shoot can be planted in a pot with rocks or in the soil outside.
- Another way to share bamboo day awareness is to give a bamboo plant to a friend as a symbol of life and a growing, lasting friendship.
- Give a gift that is made from bamboo. Just about anything can be made from bamboo. Visit our online store to see the variety of items available to order as gifts for your friends. Bamboo sheet sets, towels, spa robes and baby blankets make great gifts for bamboo day (and other holidays)!
Spread the word about World Bamboo Day!
Having one day dedicated to bamboo brings the world one step closer to recovering the eco friendly bamboo farming of the past. By changing the way bamboo is grown and manufactured there can be true global impact. Bamboo is useful to us, so let’s give bamboo one day of appreciation. Be thankful for bamboo and share the love.
To find out more about the World Bamboo Day 2015 events in Damyang, Korea visit this website.