For many people in the Western world curtains are the traditional and preferred type of window treatment for the home. Curtains are not without their benefits but they have many drawbacks and one good alternative to curtains is to install bamboo blinds or bamboo shades in the home.
Curtains are made from heavy natural and synthetic materials. Natural materials such as cotton have a high embedded value for water. In other words these materials require a lot of natural resources to produce. Synthetic materials such as rayon, polyester etc. are made from petrol-chemical derivatives that are responsible for a significant amount of carbon emissions. Furthermore, petrol is not a renewable resource and using it to make window treatments seems slightly ludicrous.
In contrast bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet and is a very important renewable resource. In just one day bamboo can grow 60 cm or 24 inches and in 5 to 7 years it has reached maturity. Bamboo also needs less water than trees and produces more oxygen than trees. Furthermore, bamboo has a natural resistance to pests and pathogens and so can be grown organically.
Bamboo blinds and shades are easy to install: normally you just screw a few brackets to the window frame and hang the blinds and shades. In comparison installing curtains is a difficult process. Bamboo blinds and shades are also easy to clean – you simply wipe them down with a damp cloth. Compare this with curtains which need dry cleaning with chemicals that contain VOCs that are bad for human health.
Furthermore, curtains are breeding grounds for dust mites whose excrement triggers asthma and allergic rhinitis attacks; whereas bamboo provides no place for dust mites to live. Also bamboo is anti-fungal and antimicrobial and so ideal to keep indoor air quality healthy for human habitation.
Finally, bamboo blinds and shades add style and a touch of nature into a room. Bamboo shades have been used for centuries in the Far East because they provide privacy as well as blocking out the glare of the sun. And if you check the prices, you will notice that bamboo blinds and shades are much cheaper than curtains.