3 Reasons why bamboo products are better for the environment
Date Posted:5 May 2019
The bamboos are evergreen perennial flowering plants in the subfamily Bambusoideae of the grass family Poaceae. The word "bamboo" comes from the Dutch or Portuguese languages, which probably borrowed it from Malay.
How long does it take for bamboo to degrade?
If you simply throw your bamboo products away, they will take approximately 5-10 years to fully decompose. This is a massive difference compared to plastic which can take anywhere from 10-1000 years. However, if you are compost savvy, bamboo can biodegrade in as little as 4-6 months.
Does bamboo industry have any impact on the wild life?
Whether or not the bamboo industry impacts wild life depends on if natural habitat is being cleared for bamboo plantations. Pandas do not eat the variety of bamboo that is cultivated for human use, so the industry does not affect their food source. Bamboo grows incredibly fast, making the cultivation and replantation more sustainable than trees, and while bamboo in general is more sustainable and environmentally friendly than plastic, it is still important to look for sustainably grown bamboo.
Bamboo toothbrush vs plastic toothbrush
Ok so now you know why bamboo is better than plastic, let’s focus specifically on toothbrushes. Dentists recommended replacing your toothbrush every 2 months for hygiene purposes. That’s 6 toothbrushes each year per person contributing to landfill. In 2017 the population of Australia was 24.6 million, so that’s 147 million toothbrushes going to landfill each year taking over 400 years to decompose. By using a bamboo toothbrush in Australia, you can significantly reduce waste and help the environment. Bamboo can reach its full height in as little as 3-4 months, compared to over 30 years for a tree harvested for wood, making it a more sustainable choice. When it’s time to replace your bamboo toothbrush, before throwing it away, use it to clean those hard to reach places such as the corners of the shower and around the sink. Once you are truly ready to dispose of your toothbrush, it may be thrown into a green waste bin, or into your home compost where it will biodegrade before the year is out.
Bamboo hair and body brush
Plastic hair brushes create static charge which can increase frizziness and fly always. The neutral charge of a bamboo hair brush results in smooth, sleek hair after brushing and reduces the need for smoothing serums. Regularly using a bamboo hair brush also helps to distribute the natural oils of the scalp through the hair for healthier, shiner locks. Using a bamboo body brush is the method of moving the bristles over the skin in a circular motion to increase the flow of lymph. This helps to detoxify and move waste through the body, improving circulation and fluid retention. You can even now use a bamboo patch (bandaids) instead of the usual kind for a more sustainable household and first aid kit.
Bamboo coffee cups and bamboo straws
Bamboo straws and coffee cups are a better option than the usual plastic as they are biodegradable and more sustainable. They are made using bamboo fibres which are safe for use of hot and cold drinks, so long as they are not used in the microwave. Single use coffee cups and plastic straws are a major contributor to landfill and by using a bamboo coffee cup instead of plastic we can significantly reduce waste. Bamboo cutlery or bamboo chopsticks are also now frequently being used for take away meals in place of plastic by environmentally conscious businesses.