Bamboo, a sustainable and ethical plant! By Dr. Hans Friedrich
Bamboo is the fastest-growing plant on Earth and continuously regenerates from its roots once harvested. Bamboo requires no insecticide, no pesticide, and only very little water to thrive.
The following FAQ was written with the precious help of Dr. Hans Friedrich (FRGS, Global Ambassador, World Bamboo Organisation and Senior Advisor, European Bamboo Programme of Bamboologic, the Netherlands).
So, what is bamboo exactly?
Bamboo is a sustainable plant that belongs to the grass family, the Graminea.
Current estimations are listing 1600 different varieties of bamboo, covering nearly 50 million hectares.
One of the most striking quality of bamboo is its amazing speed of growth. Indeed, the type of bamboo used in our refreshing recipe recorded growth speed of up to 1m (3.2 ft.) per day! Essentially the fastest growing plant in the world! But the best part is yet to come.
Why is the bamboo plant so sustainable?
Bamboo grows in most climates, without pesticide, without insecticide, and needs only little natural watering to thrive.
Due to its rapid growth, the bamboo plant absorbs considerable amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. In addition, CO2 remains locked in, once bamboo poles are transformed into durable goods. A well-managed bamboo plantation therefore provides a secure carbon sink as the plant is very effective at capturing carbon dioxide. In return, bamboo forests release fresh oxygen into the atmosphere.
At Juno, we love using sustainable and renewable ingredients! And as part of our commitment to sustainability, we have partnered with One Tree Planted, a non-profit dedicated to global reforestation. For every 1$ they receive, they plant a tree to restore nature and biodiversity.
The benefits of sustainably harvesting bamboo?
Sustainably harvesting mature bamboo helps promoting a healthier growth and allows the rest of the ecosystem to flourish. In fact, bamboo forests are best managed as agricultural crops, with a predefined annual harvesting plan. Carbon capture is therefore optimized. And in return, bamboo forests provide clean oxygen.
Also, bamboo doesn’t need to be replanted! Once harvested, this renewable plant regenerates from its own roots, and starts re-growing. Again and again.
In other words, bamboo provides a high-performance alternative, allowing beautiful hardwood trees to stay intact!
Why is bamboo harvested?
Bamboo is a very versatile and renewable material, with many possible applications. Nowadays, bamboo can be used to build furniture, create sustainable textiles (check some amazing bamboo-made sleepwear here), paper, tableware, as a food source, etc. The list is literally endless.
Once harvested, the entire bamboo – shoot, stem, and leaves - can be used. Hence, none of the bamboo parts is wasted.
At Juno, we use the freshest bamboo leaves harvested locally, from warmer European countries, such as Portugal or Spain. We then proceed to the extraction here in the UK, to get our precious bamboo leaf extract. We then bottle it into a revitalizing drink.
Sugar-free, plant-based, low in calorie. A mindful drink made in the UK.