Say hello to Bamboo, the new sustainable manufacturing material here to serve both the planet and a new zero-waste generation in its rise to eco-friendly fame. As the high street as we once knew continues to adopt sustainable collectives, bulk food stores and upcycled boutiques into the new consumer landscape, it’s safe to say that bamboo is one of its dominating features.
With a global market now worth over £60 Billion, it’s time to talk about why this material has become so popular amongst eco-warriors and manufacturers around the world.
With an average growth rate of up to 35 inches per day, bamboo is regarded as one of the fastest-growing plants on the planet. With some species of the plant such as Moso Bamboo maturing in just 90 days, there’s no wonder why this material is a sustainable manufacturers dream.
As an eco-friendly durable alternative to harmful plastic production, bamboo not only lasts longer as a material but dramatically reduces both your plastic and carbon footprint, for a more sustainable future.
Why Is Plastic So Damaging?
The question is, why is bamboo needed in the first place? With a manufacturing industry heavily built on plastic production, it’s time to step up sustainability and cut waste in half.
Plastic has always been a go-to material for many big companies due to its price and malleability for a range of high street products. From plastic packaging to plastic-based toys and homeware products, it’s hard not to find something in your household that doesn’t contain it. You may wonder what harm a simple plastic bottle can do while it remains sat on your countertop, but once you’re done with the product, that’s when we start to see the damage.
If it’s not scary enough that 1.8 billion tonnes of carbon emissions are caused by plastic manufacturing alone, the issue that is currently posing the most danger to the environment around us is the indisposable waste caused by mass plastic throwout.
As you can see below, some of the largest companies in the world including Coca-Cola and Nestle are amongst some of the globes largest polluters, with over 13,000 Coca-Cola plastic components found in just one waste audit.
As plastic continues to filter into the ocean, we will continue to see damage to marine life, important ecosystems and the future of our planet. With the average plastic bottle taking up to 450 years to decompose, it’s no surprise that sustainable manufactures are on the hunt for an eco-friendly alternative.
How to Introduce Bamboo Into Your Zero Waste Home
If you’re looking to make the sustainable swap to a newly zero waste home, we have some waste busting hacks that will give your house the eco-friendly touch. From bathrooms to beauty, bamboo is one of the most versatile materials around. As it continues to dominate the high street, here are just a few ways to introduce this fabulous material into your household.
From utensils to furnishings, a bamboo-based kitchen is known for both its sustainability and most importantly, durability. If you’re looking for your next set of kitchenware, look no further. Bamboo is the perfect cooking aid, thanks to its ability to not absorb moisture. Unlike other woods, cook time and time again with bamboo and see no warping or wetness induced chipping, rendering it an ideal kitchen accessory.
If you’re looking to take it one step further with bamboo furnishings, why not try adding bamboo tables and chairs to your kitchen design. Adding effortless earthy elegance to your kitchen, these sturdy furnishings will last you a lifetime, simply wiped clean with a damp cloth.
If you’re looking to add bamboo to your bathroom design, there are plenty of eco-friendly products to pick from. From bamboo based towels to toothbrushes, plastic need no longer take reign over your nighttime routine.
Better still, bamboo is also naturally anti-bacterial. In a post-pandemic landscape, enjoy self-cleaning products to aid hygiene and longevity, while also prioritising a waste-free world.
Last but certainly not least, bamboo is currently beginning to dominate the future of the beauty world. Say goodbye to disposables and introduce bamboo alternatives to your beauty routine. From eco-accessories to bamboo-based beauty products, enjoy sustainability at its finest. For example, a bamboo safety razor lasts up to 5 years with simple blade changes, compared to its disposable counterpart, saving both your pocket and the planet.
Better still, new bamboo-based packaging has entered the beauty market with many high-end brands switching to eco-friendly manufacturing. Thanks to its durable and biodegradable properties, enjoy upcycling bamboo pots and products for future use, before recycling them for a greener future.
As the market for bamboo widens and new sustainable plastic alternatives arrive every day, it’s never been more important to hop on the bandwagon. Ditch disposables and invest in bamboo for a planet and pocket saving revolution.