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Bamboo & Plastic-free July

As we approach Plastic-free July; a yearly challenge that sees everyone from multinational companies to school children and entrepreneurs giving up single-use plastics, we turn our gaze towards the inspiring properties of Bamboo.

The average single-use plastic straw typically takes over 200 years to decompose, end up in landfills or in our oceans. Image by Artem Beliaikin

Firstly, single-use plastics are bad for the environment primarily because plastic is a man-made material that is not sustainable and has proven negative impacts on both human health and the environment. Plastic-straws are also developed with the use of polypropylene; a resin created by molecules of polypropylene gas. The average single-use plastic straw takes over 200 years to decompose.

 

Bamboo, on the other hand, is readily available in nature, has no negative impact on the environment, biodiversity or human health and decomposes in soil and landfills in only 3 years. Which is why we sought to use this natural material in crafting our toothbrushes as part of our Conscious Ware range. Our natural brushes crafted with soft BPA-free nylon derived from plants offer a conscious approach to the design of essential lifestyle products.

China is the largest producer of Bamboo in the world seconded by India. Image by Brunetto Ziosi

Bamboo in its naturally occurring state is just one example of the many sustainable materials readily available on our planet that can stop the excess pollution and damage to biodiversity that plastic creates. So, in honour of Plastic-free July, we’re listing five facts on why it is our eco-conscious material of choice in negating plastic usage.

 

  • It is a biodegradable fiber.
  • It is grown without pesticides or chemical fertilisers.
  • Its production into fibres has a lower environmental impact than synthetic versions.
  • Bamboo provides noticeable health benefits for allergy sufferers as it is naturally antibacterial and hypo-allergenic.
  • Bamboo absorbs carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equivalent stand of hardwood trees thus minimizing deforestation.
Disposing of your biodegradable bamboo brush is simple. Plant it headfirst into your favourite potted plant as a marker or bury it in your garden.

Simple switches can have an evergreen impact on our environment. Have you tried our bamboo toothbrushes? Let us know what conscious choices and steps you’re taking to ensure this Plastic-free July sees a boost in collective efforts to end plastic pollution.