Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world making it a cornerstone for low impact living. It can grow up to two inches per hour! While it is aesthetically beautiful, it’s true beauty is found in its many sustainable properties. The plant species of bamboo self-regenerates from its own roots, can be harvested more frequently than softwoods, biodegrades more quickly than softwoods, and has a higher tensile strength than steel. Additionally, it has natural antibiotic properties, doesn’t require replantation, fertilizer or pesticides, doesn’t need as much water as other crops, and absorbs twice the amount of atmospheric carbon as other trees. What an achievement for Mother Earth!

Bamboo thrives in warm, moist, tropical, temperate climates and is primarily grown in Southeast Asia as a viable replacement for depleting timber resources. Not only does it have great economic value for many Asian communities, it also has great cultural significance. Throughout Asia, bamboo is considered sacred due to its qualities of longevity, vitality, and tenacity. Bamboo is frequently depicted in Asian art and poetry, and it is a readily available food source. Plus, bamboo is an abundant and versatile raw product that can be utilized in local production or distributed worldwide for construction materials, furniture, dining essentials, and countless other products.

While this raw material is undoubtedly sustainable, we know that not all farming and distribution practices are ethical. Helen Milan takes pride in vetting the products we sell and the companies we collaborate with so you can curate your home with confidence.