Zero Waste Living – 7 Life-Enhancing Bamboo Products
After celebrating World Environment Day and World Ocean Day last week, as well as the news that plastic straws, earbuds and stirrers will be banned in 2020, we thought this couldn’t be a better time to highlight the benefits of bamboo.
Swapping single-use plastic for Zero Waste substitutes is easier than you think, and bamboo is a great alternative for many reasons.
Why Bamboo is a Better Material than Plastic
It is common knowledge that plastic is the leading cause of mass pollution across the globe. Where plastic takes up to 1000 years to biodegrade, and with 50% of it never being reused or recycled, bamboo is completely biodegradable and rarely needs replanting.
The creation of plastic requires fossil fuels which consequently increases our carbon emissions, whereas growing bamboo is a natural process and doesn’t harm the environment. It doesn’t need fertilisers, pesticides or a large amount of water to grow and produces 35% more oxygen than other plants. It can be grown in many different kinds of environments and can regrow after harvest within 3 to 5 years.
With over 1 million plastic bags being used every minute in the world and over 8 billion kilograms of it ending up in the oceans every year, bamboo aids the environment by helping rebuild eroded soil. On top of being naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and incredibly durable, these are the many reasons why it is better than plastic.
7 Ways to Swap Plastic for Bamboo
At Bury Wholefoods, we have recently added a number of bamboo items to our shop so you can easily switch to these alternatives.
Acala Bamboo Safety Razor
Instead of opting for your usual plastic disposable razors, choose the Acala razor with a sustainable and compostable handle, and recyclable razor blades and metal parts instead. Along with recycled paper packaging, you will make a great contribution to the Zero Waste movement by making this switch.
WooBamboo Silk Dental Floss
Your usual dental floss and its packaging consists of a large amount of plastic, but WooBamboo have created a great alternative for your daily dental hygiene routine. Only taking between 60-90 days to biodegrade, this floss is made of silk, coated in beeswax and flavoured with organic mint. As well as this, the plant-based plastic packaging converts into its own dispenser so all you have to do it pop it open, thread it, close it and use it.
Curanatura Bamboo Toothbrush with Bamboo Bristles
Switch your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush so when you change your toothbrush every 3 months, as recommended, it will biodegrade and help the environment. The Curanatura toothbrush has bristles consisting of approximately 90% bamboo and 10% nylon and is packaged in a biodegradable, recycled card box.
Hydrophil Bamboo Toothbrush Case
Even when you’re on the move, by using a bamboo toothbrush case, you are making a positive impact on the environment. Made of sustainable material, the durability means that it is built to last; also, being naturally antibacterial and easy to clean, you can ensure that your toothbrush is always kept hygienic.
Hydrophil Cotton Swabs
The core of cotton buds are some of the most common plastic items that are washed up on the beach, so you should make the switch now. Hydrophil cotton buds are made from bamboo and cotton so are 100% biodegradable; the box packaging is also recyclable cardboard.
Patch – Natural Bamboo Plasters
Free from latex, plastic, parabens and silicone, Patch-Natural plasters are suitable for sensitive skin and will perform similarly to commercial plasters. The box they are kept in, as well as the protective packaging and tabs, are all plastic-free too!
Bambu Bamboo Straws
By carrying bamboo straws wherever you go, you can make sure that while plastic straws are still out there, you will be using sustainable alternatives. Coming with a plant-based cleaning brush, you can make sure that your reusable Bambu straws are ready to use whenever.
By choosing these alternatives in your lifestyle, you can make a real difference to our environment – and by switching to bamboo, all of your products will last longer due to its durability! How much more persuading do you need? Check out all of our products here.