Bamboos are amongst the most important plant species currently in the world due to improved technology on forms of processing of raw materials from bamboo culms into various products which are on demand in the world markets and also due to reduced forest cover in the country which have resulted in decreased wood based products obtained from trees. It has also gained popularity because of its faster growth and reaches its maturity earlier than trees. Another advantage of bamboo is that once introduced to an area favoring its growth, it does not need to be re-planted again because younger shoots re-sprouts from the older culms. In general Bamboo has the following ecological advantages faster growth rate; protection of water catchments areas and control of soil erosion; and does not need re-planting when harvested
What actions do you propose?
The purpose of the project is to reduce ecological degradation of Kenya Forest Ecosystem through programmed utilization and reforestation.
Who will take these actions?
Ministry of Devolution
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
Women and youth groups
PPP organizations to be identified
Where will these actions be taken?
Developing Countries in Kenya, Machakos County along the Athi River
What are other key benefits?
Increased awareness on the importance of forest as renewable natural resource
• Community production of bamboo seedlings
•Empowered communities on multi-purpose utilization of bamboo
•Sustained water catchments
What are the proposal’s costs?
The training approach is multi-level and continuous where the beneficiaries are expected at every level to train others. With improve forest cover, through continuous reforestation a permanent of employment source for the youth over the short term (5-15 years)
Right now, people are still in the process of the developing new manufacturing methods to add to the available “green” options of bamboo fabric making. One of these processing methods is Green yarn, which makes use of chemicals to form nano bamboo charcoal particles that can be woven into fabrics.
Common Chemical Processing Method
The most common chemical method of bamboo fabric manufacturing involve the use of carbon disulfide. First, the bamboo is crushed and its moisture kept at about 65%. The substance is then sulfirized by the addition of the carbon disulfide chemical. This step turns the bamboo cellulose solution into gel, which is in turn diluted using sodium hydroxide. The ensuing product is a viscous solution that gets passed through various nozzles and then place into another chemical solution and left to harden. After it has hardened, it gets converted into thread and spun into actual, usable fabric.
Regardless of how it is processed, bamboo makes for a very versatile clothing material. It has antibacterial qualities, for one, which it retains even after multiple washings. This means that bacteria that tend to thrive in clothing and cause unpleasant odors tend to not be as present in bamboo fabric. Bamboo can even kill odor causing bacteria in the wearer’s skin. It also has insulating qualities that help keep you warm in winter and cool in the summer.
Uses of Bamboo Fiber :
Skin Care Products:
Natural sterilization properties make it ideal for products like:
surgical clothes/operating gowns
Excellent anti-bacterial and moistureabsorption properties make it ideal for products like:
Bath and hand towels and bath robes
Anti UV Products
Bamboo's anti UV properties make it ideal for products like:
Wall paper (will not discolor)